Saturday, April 25, 2009

Library Way - East 41st Street...

...a celebration of the world’s great literature.

Library Way, located on the two blocks of East 41st street between Park and Fifth Avenues, displays 96 bronze plaques designed by sculptor Gregg LeFevre. Each contains different quotations from literature and poetry. The plaques lead to the doorstep of the grand New York Public Library Humanities and Social Sciences Library, where the famed stone lions "Patience" and "Fortitude" guard its doors. The official dedication of Library Way was held on May 27, 2004.

In 1996 Grand Central Partnership, along with the New York Public Library and New Yorker Magazine, convened a distinguished panel of literary experts and librarians to select the quotations from prominent works of literature. These quotes have been brought to life by urban sculptural artist Gregg LeFevre in vivid bronze plaques that have been set into the sidewalks. In honor of the project, New York City Mayor Bloomberg enacted “Local Law 34 of 2003" on June 3, 2003, that ceremonially designates this two-block stretch of East 41st Street as “Library Way.”


A directory of the plaques may be found at:
www.grandcentralpartnership.org/what_we_do/beautify_library_way_plaques.asp

1 comment:

RBK said...

Nice blog; nice post. But the link to the list of plaques is broken. Here is a link to photos of them: http://www.flickr.com/photos/42394240@N07/sets/72157626738626135/.
Thanks!