We took a break in between client meetings today to visit one of our favorite NYC landmarks, the New York Public Library. It’s understandable why it’s featured in many famous films, such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Thomas Crown Affair, and Sex and City: The Movie. You can’t help but stand in awe of its impressive architecture and grand lion statues- nothing quite says NYC like the NYPL!
Following an open competition among scores of the city’s most prominent architects, the relatively unknown firm of Carrère and Hastings was selected to design and construct the new library. It took 9 years, $9 million dollars, and 75 miles of shelving until the library was deemed complete in 1911. At the time, it was the largest marble building ever attempted in the U.S. and possessed the most rapid book delivery system in the world. Fun fact: the very first reader turned in his book request at 9:08a.m. and received his book six minutes later!
In the summertime, it is the perfect place to sit on the steps, eat lunch and people watch. In the wintertime, we love to view the beautiful Christmas wreaths that are hung from the lions’ necks, then scurry over to Bryant Park for some hot chocolate and cozy moments by the fire pit watching the ice skaters fly by.
Bekka Palmer Photography