Albertine. Does this name mean anything to you?
This is the elegant bookstore and cozy reading room devoted to French and English literature, housed in the official landmark Payne Whitney mansion on the Upper East Side, where the French Embassy of New York is. A replica of Michelangelo’s Young Archer is standing at the entrance of the building.
Designed and fashioned by French architect Jacques Garcia, the library is named after Albertine Simonet, a central female character who appears in major novels of famous French novelist Marcel Proust.
The environment is really quiet and relaxing with comfy seats and a beautiful starry ceiling on the second floor. The selection is significant and most of the books are in French: novels, sciences, art, comics, travel guides, culinary books and even a children’s section.
Albertine also holds cultural events (about art, politics, economics…) to offer a dedicated space for talks and debates with remarkable French and American artists and intellectuals.