If you still need to register for a library card, well, this should motivate you.
After temporarily closing for two years of renovations, the New York Public Library is set to reopen the historic Rose Main Reading Room and adjacent Bill Blass Public Catalog Room ahead of schedule on Wednesday, October 5. And we have to say, the results made the wait well worth it.
Renovations began in May 2014, after an ornamental rosette from the ceiling of the Rose Main Reading Room. Following the incident, the Library investigated the space – and though it was found to be in good condition, officials decided it was as good a time as ever to make a few improvements, such as recreating and replacing the rosette that fell, reinforcing each rosette with steel cables, and installing LED lighting. Similarly, the Metropolitan Opera reinforced its chandeliers this summer after technical difficulties left them hanging – literally – for nearly all of last season.
According to a a curator determined that the Bill Blass mural in the Bill Blass Catalog Room had sustained "irreparable damage," according to a press release, and so muralists EverGreene Architectural Arts recreated the 27 by 33 foot mural on the ceiling. Talk about an impressive feat.
Architecture buffs will want to head to the Library for its exhibition in celebration of its historic preservation efforts, "Preserving A Masterpiece: From Soaring Ceilings To Subterranean Storage." But you'll have to act fast: The display closes on October 9.
Take a better look at the Library below.