Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #58

Brooklyn Public Library

Architect: Githens & Keally
Style: Art Deco
Use: Museum
Opened: 1941
Borough: Brooklyn

Intended to abstract the image of a book standing open, the delicious gold leaf-crusted entrance of the central library perfectly complements the geometry of the streets that radiate from Grand Army Plaza. As the Art Deco period was waning, giving way to modernism and later the International Style, the library feels like a last hurrah for the decade it left behind.

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