NYC library to be housed in base of hi-rise


NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Public Library's new Donnell Library in midtown Manhattan will be housed in a new hotel and condominium hi-rise.

The $20 million design features a wall of glass at street level revealing bleacher seating. The library is slated to open in 2015, seven years Donnell closed.

It's being designed by architect Enrique Norten's firm TEN Arquitectos.

Many of the spaces are designed to accommodate various functions. For example, the reading area will also be able to host film screenings.

The new library on West 53rd Street will occupy the ground floor and two floors below the Baccarat Hotel & Residences now being built. The tower will have 561 luxury condominium units.

A temporary Donnell has been operating near Grand Central Terminal.

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