Tourist in Your Own Town Explores the New York Public Library's Main Branch in Midtown

The New York Landmarks Conservancy's Tourist in Your Own Town series explores some of New York City’s best hidden gems as well as some of its classic iconic landmarks. In this video from the series, we take a look at the Main Branch of the New York Public Library in Midtown on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue.

The main branch of the New York Public Library at 476 Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece. […] The design of the building was won in a competition by Carrère and Hastings and was completed in 1911. The exterior was designated a New York City Landmark in 1967 with the interiors (Astor Hall, the north and south staircases to the 3rd floor, and the central hall on the 3rd floor) added in 1974.

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