Here’s an event worth bookmarking (sorry, we couldn’t resist): After Hours at the New York Public Library. On select Fridays, the lions outside of the iconic Beaux Arts landmark on Fifth Avenue stay up past their bedtime to welcome visitors to the city’s “most cerebral happy hour,” complete with drinks, food, music—and no one telling you to shhh.
On Friday, January 19, head to the regal book palace after work for all of the above plus a celebration of 1960’s counterculture. NYPL librarians and curator Isaac Gewirtz will guide you through the Library’s new exhibit, “You Say You Want a Revolution,” that includes groovy protest posters, Timothy Leary’s even groovier acid-trip notes, and footage from the Woodstock music festival. After dancing to 1960’s music curated by Felix Hernandez, the host of WBGO’s Rhythm Revue, you can even make your own album cover art.
Why You Should Go: Immerse yourself in one of the most interesting yet volatile decades at one of New York’s most historic spaces. We can’t think of a more outta-sight spot for a few happy-hour drinks.
The Library After Hours: Counterculture
New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Avenue (at West 42nd Street), Midtown
Friday, January 19
Free admission; food and drinks are available for purchase
Check out our itinerary for after after-hours: