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New York Public Library’s newest branch will be housed in a condo-hotel

When it opens in 2015 it will be one of the largest branches of the New York Public Library system. It will  occupy the bottom 3 floors of a “ritzy new condo-hotel” being developed by the Baccarat crystal company and its parent company, Starwood Capital Group, along with Tribeca Associates.

Among its features is a 100+ seat auditorium, a children’s reading room, a technology hub, and a family seating area.

“The airy, vibrant structure” is being designed by Enrique Norten’s TEN Arquitectos.

Public Library President Tony Marx says the new library will “not only beautiful, but designed with flexibility to maximize public space, and serve all members of the community for decades to come.”

 New York Daily News: New York Public Library unveils designs for new $20M branch on W. 53rd Street

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