New York Public Library Main Branch

Main entrance on 5th Avenue
A remnant of the Croton distribution reservoir, seen at the foundation of the South Court in 2014
Back elevation, 1910s
The Mid-Manhattan Library, which opened in 1970 and replaced the circulating library at the Main Branch
Bryant Park, underneath which additional stacks were constructed in the late 1980s
Interior of the Wallace Periodical Room
The ornate wooden cornice of the Map Division
The Main Branch holds the Lenox Copy of the Gutenberg Bible, the first copy to be acquired by a United States citizen.
One of the lions at the main entrance to the New York Public Library
One of two bronze flagpole bases at the 42nd Street entrance, sculpted by Raffaele Menconi
The library's west side (bottom left) faces Bryant Park
Detailing in the Public Catalog Room
Astor Hall, on the first floor
The ornate decorated ceiling of the Rose Main Reading Room
The entrance to the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room (bottom left) through the McGraw Rotunda
The Salomon Room

Flagship building in the New York Public Library system in the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood of New York City.

- New York Public Library Main Branch
Main entrance on 5th Avenue

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The demolition of Pennsylvania Station was a key moment in the preservationist movement, which led to the creation of the LPC

New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission

New York City agency charged with administering the city's Landmarks Preservation Law.

New York City agency charged with administering the city's Landmarks Preservation Law.

The demolition of Pennsylvania Station was a key moment in the preservationist movement, which led to the creation of the LPC
Before the LPC was founded, buildings such as the Andrew Carnegie Mansion were preserved largely based on individual or group advocacy.
The Astor Library was discussed during the commission's first public hearing in 1965.

The first scenic landmark was Bryant Park, while the first interior landmark was part of the neighboring New York Public Library Main Branch; both were designated in November 1974.

The New York Public Library Main Branch, Manhattan

New York Public Library

Public library system in New York City.

Public library system in New York City.

The New York Public Library Main Branch, Manhattan
The New York Public Library Main Branch during late stage construction in 1908, the lion statues not yet installed at the entrance
Lenox copy of the Gutenberg Bible in the New York Public Library
Cross-view of classical details in the Main Branch's entrance portico
Patience and Fortitude, the "Library Lion" statues, in the snowstorm of December 1948
The Library's historical seal, designed by sculptor Victor David Brenner in 1909, best known for designing the Lincoln penny. Though rarely used, the seated personification of wisdom appears on plaques at several branches.
Science, Industry and Business Library
Recto of a 16th-century music manuscript found in the front pastedown of Drexel 4180, a manuscript in the Music Division of the New York Public Library
The Epiphany Branch, on East 23rd Street in Manhattan
Christmas tree at Astor Hall, adjacent to the main entrance to the NYPL's main branch
Main Branch Reading Room, c. undefined 1910-1920

The "New York Public Library" name may also refer to its Main Branch, which is easily recognizable by its lion statues named Patience and Fortitude that sit either side of the entrance.

Looking west along 42nd Street from Seventh Avenue in September 2004, including a marquee for a revival of the musical 42nd Street

42nd Street (Manhattan)

Major crosstown street in the New York City borough of Manhattan, running primarily in Midtown Manhattan and Hell's Kitchen.

Major crosstown street in the New York City borough of Manhattan, running primarily in Midtown Manhattan and Hell's Kitchen.

Looking west along 42nd Street from Seventh Avenue in September 2004, including a marquee for a revival of the musical 42nd Street
Grindhouse movie theaters on 42nd Street in 1985 before its renovation; the 200 block of W. 42nd Street; former Lyric Theatre facade and nearby buildings
Grand Central Terminal at night, as seen from the west on 42nd Street
Chrysler Building, with its unique stainless-steel top, is located at Lexington Avenue and 42nd Street
East end of 42nd Street is very different in tone from the west; looking west from bridge at 1st Avenue. The Ford Foundation Building is visible in the right foreground.
Sign marking the eastern terminus of the Lincoln Highway, which begins on 42nd Street and continues to San Francisco, California

The street is the site of some of New York's best known buildings, including (east to west) the headquarters of the United Nations, Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, New York Public Library Main Branch, Times Square, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Painting of the New York Crystal Palace, 1853

Bryant Park

9.6 acre public park located in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

9.6 acre public park located in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

Painting of the New York Crystal Palace, 1853
The William Cullen Bryant Memorial, installed 1911, includes a bronze statue of William Cullen Bryant, the park's namesake
Experimental garden in Bryant Park, 1922
Looking east
Tables and seating
Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain
The Holiday Shops at Winter Village
The lawn, facing west toward 1095 Avenue of the Americas (left) and Bank of America Tower (right)
Le Carrousel designed by Marvin Sylvor
The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village
The park from above, a bit of green amid Midtown Manhattan's buildings

The eastern half of Bryant Park is occupied by the Main Branch of the New York Public Library.

The New York Public Library Main Branch, built 1897–1911, Carrère and Hastings, architects. Photographed during late construction in 1908.

Carrère and Hastings

One of the outstanding American Beaux-Arts architecture firms.

One of the outstanding American Beaux-Arts architecture firms.

The New York Public Library Main Branch, built 1897–1911, Carrère and Hastings, architects. Photographed during late construction in 1908.
John Merven Carrère
Bust of Thomas Hastings, New York Public Library
Ponce de Leon Hotel, 1885–88 (now Flagler College)
Bellefontaine in 1912
Design for Brooklyn Bridge Approach and Terminal, 1906
Marble, metal and exterior work. Architectural plans for New York Public Library, 1909
Hotel Alcazar, St. Augustine, FL, 1887
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, NY, 1910
New York Public Library Main Branch, New York City, NY, 1911
Portland City Hall, Portland, ME, 1912
Henry Clay Frick House, New York City, NY, 1914
Arlington Memorial Amphitheater, Washington, DC, 1920
Boise Union Pacific Railroad Depot, Boise, ID, 1925

They went on to establish a successful practice during the 1880s and early 1890s, and rose to national prominence by winning the competition for the New York Public Library in 1897.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' entrance from Lincoln Center Plaza at night

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Located in Manhattan, New York City, at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on the Upper West Side, between the Metropolitan Opera House and the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

Located in Manhattan, New York City, at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on the Upper West Side, between the Metropolitan Opera House and the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' entrance from Lincoln Center Plaza at night
Al Hirschfeld's desk and chair in the library's lobby
One of the Mapleson Cylinders, among the sound archive's most treasured items
File cabinets contain over a million clippings at LPA
Hundreds of hours of rehearsal recordings feature Arturo Toscanini
Theatre on Film and Tape room – dedicated to donor Lucille Lortel
Screening room for the Reserve Film and Video collection; moviola and Steenbeck equipment are on the right
A portion of the circulating DVDs
Circulating CDs
A display wall of the Shelby Cullom Davis Museum

The Research collections on Dance, Music, and Theatre were located at the New York Public Library Main Branch, now named the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, and the circulating music collection was located in the 58th Street Library.

Lenox Library, View from the corner of Fifth Avenue and 70th Street

Lenox Library (New York City)

Library incorporated and endowed in 1870.

Library incorporated and endowed in 1870.

Lenox Library, View from the corner of Fifth Avenue and 70th Street
G.P.A. Healy, "Portrait of James Lenox," 1851.
Lenox Library, 1879, "The American Cyclopædia"
Façade of the New York Public Library Main Branch building, which replaced the Lenox Library
Albert Bierstadt, Valley of the Yosemite, 1864. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Thomas Cole, Expulsion from the Garden of Eden (Cole), 1828. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
J.M.W. Turner, Staffa, Fingal's Cave, 1831-32. Yale Center for British Art
Gilbert Stuart, George Washington (The Munro-Lenox Portrait), circa 1800. Private collection.

The library became a part of the founding collection of the New York Public Library (NYPL) in 1895, and opened to the public as part of the NYPL's Main Branch in 1911.

Stephen A. Schwarzman

American billionaire businessman and philanthropist.

American billionaire businessman and philanthropist.

Schwarzman on stage at Web Summit 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Plaque at the New York Public Library central reference building honoring Schwarzman's contributions

The central reference building on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue was renamed The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

Beaux-Arts building decoration presenting images of the Roman goddesses Pomona and Diana. Note the naturalism of the postures and the channeled rustication of the stonework.

Beaux-Arts architecture

The academic architectural style taught at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, particularly from the 1830s to the end of the 19th century.

The academic architectural style taught at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, particularly from the 1830s to the end of the 19th century.

Beaux-Arts building decoration presenting images of the Roman goddesses Pomona and Diana. Note the naturalism of the postures and the channeled rustication of the stonework.
Alternating male and female mascarons decorate keystones on the San Francisco City Hall
Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren
Main triumphal arch with one of the two side buildings of the Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark, Brussels
Overview from the Royal Palace of Laeken, Brussels
Panoramic view of the Royal Galleries of Ostend
Herenhuis Vandenbroeck on the Avenue Molière and Avenue Brugmann, Brussels
The Conservatoire national des arts et métiers by Léon Vaudoyer (1838–1867)
The Sainte-Geneviève Library by Henri Labrouste (1844–1850)
Interior of the Sainte-Geneviève Library by Henri Labrouste (1844–1850)
Museum of Natural History, Paris by Louis-Jules André (1877–1889)
The Grand Palais. Paris (1897–1900)
Bode Museum, Berlin
Laeiszhalle, Hamburg
Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, Hamburg
Budapest-Nyugati Pályaudvar, Budapest
Hotel Excelsior, Naples
Plan C, Rotterdam
Blauwbrug, Amsterdam
Hogesluis, Amsterdam
Regentessebrug, Rotterdam
City hall, Rotterdam
Former General Post Office, Rotterdam
Peace Palace, The Hague
Edifício na Rua Alexandre Herculano, Lisbon
Edifício de Gaveto, Lisbon
Instituto Central da Assistência Nacional aos Tuberculosos, Lisbon
Sede da Ordem dos Engenheiros, Lisbon
Estación del Norte, Madrid (renamed the Estación de Príncipe Pío after renovation in 1995)
Hotel Santo Mauro, Madrid
Casino de Madrid
Edificio Metrópolis, Madrid
Casa Reynot, Madrid
Gran Vía 24, Madrid
Homes for the Marquis of Encinares, Madrid
Casa-Palacio de Tomás de Beruete, Madrid
Former Humanities Center of the Spanish National Research Council, Madrid
Calle Mayor 6, Madrid
Spanish Navy Headquarters, Madrid
Government Conference Centre, Ottawa
Alberta Legislature Building, Edmonton
Manitoba Legislative Building, Winnipeg
Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto
Facade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, by Richard Morris Hunt (1902)
Grand Central Terminal (1913), New York City
The New York Public Library Main Branch in Bryant Park, Manhattan, by architects Carrère and Hastings (1911)
The San Francisco War Memorial Opera House by Arthur Brown Jr. (1932)
The Palace of Horticulture from the Panama–Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco by Arthur Brown Jr. (1915 demolished in 1916)
The Emory University School of Medicine on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia is one of the few examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in the American South.<ref>{{cite web |title=University Architect |url=http://campserv.emory.edu/university_architect/index.html |website=campserv.emory.edu}}</ref>
Insurance Exchange Building (1925), Long Beach, California
The Pantlind Hotel, now the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was designed by Warren and Wetmore. When completed in 1913, the Pantlind Hotel featured one of the largest gold leaf ceilings in the world.<ref>{{cite web |title=A New Era of Historic Grandeur is Ushered in with Opening of Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton |url=https://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4073483.html |access-date=7 September 2019}}</ref>
Palacio de Aguas Corrientes, Buenos Aires
Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires
Palace of the Argentine National Congress, Buenos Aires
Kirchner Cultural Centre, Buenos Aires
Tucumán Government Palace, San Miguel de Tucumán
Casa de la Cultura, Buenos Aires
Casa Lebre, São Paulo
Caetano de Campos House, São Paulo
Palace of the Champs Elysees, São Paulo
Municipal Theater of São Paulo
Coliseu Santista Theater, Santos
Tereza Toledo Lara Palace, São Paulo
Prates Mansions, São Paulo
Tiradentes Palace, Rio de Janeiro
Helvetia Palace, São Paulo
Alexandre Mackenzie Building, São Paulo
Palacio de San Francisco, Bogotá
Capitolio nacional, Bogotá
Palacio Echeverri, Bogotá
Casa de Nariño, Bogotá
Museo de la Policía, Bogotá
Teatro Colón, Bogotá
Banco Dugand, Barranquilla
Antigua Aduana, Barranquilla
Club Nacional, Lima
Edificio Rímac, Lima
Palacio Legislativo del Perú, Lima
Mercado Municipal, Maputo
Banco da Beira
Casa Infante de Sagres, Beira
Edifício do Almoxarifado, Beira
Escola de Artes e Ofícios, Beira
Palácio dos Desportos, Beira
Standard Bank Building, Beira
Tribunal da Beira
Kobe Yusen Building, Kobe
Mitsui Main Building, Tokyo
Meiji Life Insurance Building, Tokyo
Legislative building
China bank Manila
Regina Building, Manila
University of Santo Tomas Main Building, Manila
Lopez Mansion Iloilo
Calvo Building, Manila
Cebu Capitol
El Hogar
Don Roman Santos Building
Flinders Street railway station, Melbourne
General Post Office, Perth
State Savings Bank building, Sydney
Bank of New South Wales building, Brisbane
Former Auckland Railway Station, Auckland
Casa Cortés, Corunna

The main branch of the New York Public Library is another prominent example.

Bill Blass

American fashion designer, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

American fashion designer, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

In recognition of the gift, the Public Catalog Room of the New York Public Library Main Branch at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street was named the Bill Blass Public Catalogue Room.