Best Place To Avoid Reading New York 2002 - THE LIBRARY
Business success guides from the 1980s sit on inaccessibly high shelves in this dimly lit East Village bar. Despite the used and rejected pop-psychology books that line the shelves here, THE LIBRARY is indistinguishable from your average pub. Overly loud Velvet Underground blares from the jukebox as after-work types crowd into the bar's comfy booths. The library gimmick is more confusing than cute, as funky old globes are overshadowed by skull decorations and Chinese lanterns. The Pac Man and the occasional cheap beer deals are a draw, but The Complete Book of Showers and Engagement Parties from 1948 sits unopened, gathering dust.