I quoted my friend Tom the other day when I mentioned the New York Public Library and his description of it as a Beaux Arts pile. I ran a couple of photos of some of the building's ceilings and it occurred to me later that not everybody knows that building. It's an icon, that's for sure and I think the lions in front of it are pretty iconic. What's less seen is the lobby, Astor Hall. Astor Hall is the largest marble room in the world; even the ceiling is made from white marble. Needless to say it makes me swoon. I never miss an opportunity to stand in that lobby and gaze up in mute appreciation of the stone cutter's art.