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The Library’s Extremely Useful Predecessor

NYT – “AS its dingy marble facade is cleaned and repaired, the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street has been shrouded at times under gauzy, other-worldly construction netting, making it appear almost as if the library was not there. Which, in the 19th century, it wasn’t; the land was occupied by the huge, brooding Egyptian-style Croton Reservoir, built in 1842 as the focal point of the city’s first central water system.”

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