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The New York Public Library (NYPL) is one of the leading libraries in the United States.

The Public Library's main building on Fifth Avenue is the crowning achievement of the Beaux-Arts architectural firm of Carrere and Hastings. Its status as one of the world's leading libraries is confirmed by its possession of (for instance) a Gutenberg Bible and a Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica.

The main Research Library was built on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan between 40th and 42nd Streets, and was dedicated on May 23, 1911, opening the next day. The famous lions guarding the entrance were sculpted by Edward Clark Potter. They were originally named Leo Astor and Leo Lenox, in honor of the library's founders. These names were transformed into Lord Astor and Lady Lenox (although both lions are male). In the 1930s they were nicknamed "Patience" and "Fortitude" by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. He chose these names because he felt that the citizens of New York would need to possess these qualities to see themselves through the Great Depression. Patience is on the south side (the left as one faces the main entrance) and Fortitude on the north. (New Yorkers eschew such pompous names and refer to them as "Uptown" and "Downtown.")

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  • Copyright: Terry Sio (terrysio) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 116 W: 0 N: 92] (715)
  • Genre: Miejsca
  • Medium: Kolorowe
  • Date Taken: 2005-10-10
  • Categories: Architektura
  • Naświetlenie: f/2.8, 1/100 sekund
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  • Date Submitted: 2006-03-15 8:57
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