BRYANT PARK CATACOMBS

PUBLIC AGENCY:

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY ADDED OF 120,000 SQUARE FEET OF LIBRARY STACKS BENEATH THE SURFACE OF THE BRYANT PARK LAWN IN 1989. DESIGNED BY THE ARCHITECTURE FIRM DAVIS BRODY AND BOND, A TWO-LEVEL UNDERGROUND STACK EXPANSION WITH A CAPACITY OF 3.5 MILLION VOLUMES WAS BUILT BELOW BRYANT PARK ADJACENT TO THE LIBRARY. REQUIRING A 30-FOOT EXCAVATION IN THE CENTER OF THE PARK, THE FINISHED STACKS PROVIDE NEARLY 40 MILES OF BOOK SHELVES, DOUBLING THE LIBRARY’S STORAGE CAPACITY. THE STACKS ARE CONNECTED TO THE MAIN LIBRARY BY A 62-FOOT-LONG TUNNEL. ADDITIONALLY, THERE IS A FIRE ESCAPE ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE BRYANT PARK LAWN, DISGUISED BY A DEDICATION PLAQUE.

FEATURED PROJECT

HUNTERS POINT PARCEL C

"New development requires fresh space, and when it comes to affordable housing in New York City that space is often relegated to far-off corners in remote, unconnected sites. However, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg implemented an affordable housing initiative focused on community interaction, and prime real estate, starting with a competition to develop city-donated land at Hunter’s Point Parcel C in Long Island City---a bid ODA won. The biggest affordable housing project New York City has completed in the past 40 years, the 1.4 million square feet of residential and retail space is slated to provide 1,400 apartments as well as a school for local kids."

-ODA New York -

   Design Architect

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