Brooklyn Public Library
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By the looks of the breathtaking architecture, you wouldn’t think this is home to the Brooklyn Public Library. The iconic monument building history dates back to 1889.
In 1912, plans to break ground was supposed to begin to start building the library, but due to economic difficulties caused by World War One and the Great Depression, plans were set aside.
Construction resumed in 1935 on a recreated Central Library, and on the 1st of February in 1941, the building finally opened to the public. The architecture of the library embodies an open book, with its backbone on Grand Army Plaza and two wings that spread like pages on Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue.
Set in the concave limestone façade, the 50-foot-high entrance archway depicts the elliptical form of the Grand Army Plaza. The spectacular entrance showcases fifteen gold figures from American literature, surrounded by gold-leaf etchings in columns that represent the progression of art and science through the centuries.
At 352,000 square feet of space, the Central library carries more than 1.7 million items and materials for visitors to browse through. As New York’s leading artistic community and educational institution, the library averages around 1.3 million visitors annually.
Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center
Visitors can conveniently access the 189 seat Dweck auditorium that offers a wide range of free public programs for everyone to enjoy.
The Dweck presents literature series, talks by writers, events for public relations and arts, film screenings, concerts for chamber music, rock and jazz music, as well as children’s activities.