Elizabeth Felicella’s Tour of the New York Public Libraries

“One way to look at New York City’s branch libraries—the eighty-seven in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island that make up the New York Public Library system, and the fifty-eight and sixty-two in the Brooklyn and Queens systems, respectively—would be as two hundred and seven different places you can go to pick up or return books, and maybe read a recent newspaper or search for a job or study after school or go online. Another way you can look at them is as an extensive collection of buildings that, taken together, have a resonance along the lines of the Netherlandish drawings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries at the Morgan Library, or of the Met’s Cézannes.” (via The New Yorker)

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