New York Public Library opens elegant room for Wi-Fi users


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Edna Barnes Salomon Room, pre Wi-Fi furnishings. Credit: David Sundberg/ESTO

When in New York, visit what is probably the grandest Wi-Fi hotspot in the country.

The New York Public Library today opens its elegant Edna Barnes Salomon Room, which has been used in recent years mostly for special occasions, as a reading room specifically for online users.

The Beaux-Arts room in a 1911 building that houses the library’s research collection has seating for 128 people at custom-made black walnut tables. Seating is at brown leather chairs to match the maple wood floor, according to the library.


You can bring your own laptop or, starting July 28, borrow one for free.

The only thing missing will be lattes -- but in these surroundings, who’d want to spill?

-- David Colker