New York Public Library

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New York Public Library

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The New York Public Library, made completely of grayish stone, has a very old, grand, academic, and even bureaucratic feel to it. The front of the building’s base is lined with three levels of stairs. After the second level of stairs, two sculptures of lions laying regally on platforms guard either side of the library’s main front. At the start of the third set of stairs, two sculptures of vases about the size of the lions set on a stone railing on either side of the stairs.

These stairs lead up to the entrance, a large rectangle shape that sticks out from the rest of the building. The roof of the main building comes to a triangular point in the center over the flat top of the rectangular entrance.

This rectangular entrance has three giant recessed entryways with arched tops that carve out space all the way to the main building front. Each of the three entryways contains a dark wooden door less than half the size of the entryway. The doors are surrounded by stone and mounted with a flat triangular decorative stone piece. Above the doors, the spaces are filled with windows and hanging globe chandeliers, one in each section.

On the front of the rectangle entrance on either side of the three entryways, tall, ribbed pillars reach from the stairs to the top of the arched entryways, one on the left, two between each entryway in the middle, and one on the right.

The words “The New York Library” are carved in all caps above these entries, and above that a stone awning stretches out a few feet. Above this awning the rectangle entrance continues upward where six sculptures of women in flowing clothes stand directly above each pillar.

Despite the library’s imposing and stately appearance, visitors are often seen lounging on the steps talking, reading, resting, or even enjoying a nice lunch.