In Greenwich Village, at Sixth Avenue and West 10th Street, is one of those buildings that makes me feel like I've stepped back in time whenever I walk past it.
It's the Jefferson Market Library, a Victorian Gothic structure completed in 1877, that was based loosely on Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.
Before this building was erected, there was a market and fire lookout tower on this site, named after President Thomas Jefferson. It was demolished, and a new courthouse and prison were built. The court was in use until 1945, and then this beautiful building stood empty and unused for more than twenty years. It was almost demolished again, but a campaign was launched to save it, and in 1967 it reopened as a branch of the NY Public Library.
Now registered as a National Historic Landmark, Jefferson Market Library is definitely a unique location for checking out books. On the left there is also a small and beautiful garden where you can sit for a while and enjoy some quiet. I've sat there several times myself. :-)
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holmertz (45179) 2014-04-18 9:55
This is a wonderful building and it's amazing to learn that a campaign was needed to save it. That must seem strange for anyone seeing it today. Also in Stockholm the local politicians were crazy about pulling down fine old buildings in the 1950's and 60's. Sometimes they were quicker than the public opinion, other times such houses were saved. In New York the yellow cabs can brighten any street view, as they do here, and you used that overhanging branch nicely. I also like the mild and well exposed light.
boa (6429) 2014-04-18 10:49
it is allways nice to read such stories when old historical buildings are restored, instead of being replaced of a modern concrete/glass office building. Nice picture taken during a lovely part of the year. The tree branches gives a good depth, tfs!
serp2000 (42056) 2014-04-18 10:59
I like it! Excellent presentation of the famous building!
Very nice spring photo, fine details, Good idea to place the branch over the roofs. Thanks for this historic note!
lousat (82500) 2014-04-18 14:43
Hi Brenda,the tree with the white flowers on the top is like the cherry on the cake,a special bonus in this springtime composition,beautiful architechture too of this imposing market library,top quality of detail and colors.Happy Easter to you and your family! Luciano
emka (86391) 2014-04-18 23:59
Hello Brenda, This building is unknown to me and so old in American standards. Well, It has some features of Neuschwanstein Castle. Fine presentation.
HAppy Easter to you and your family
npecanhuk (69964) 2014-04-19 5:30
Very attractive urban picture!
Special regards to the exposure, colors, vertical format and composition !
TFS - congrats,
Noel_Byrne (27382) 2014-04-19 10:20
A lovely building, such a unique design and I can definitely see its relate to the German castle in its many towers reaching up into the sky. It's a great composition to have the park on left, as the scene rises beautifull in a strong diagonal. I like the cherry blossom too, that must make this little park even more special at this tme of year.
Thanks as always, and happy easter
jcpix (13814) 2014-04-19 20:33
I hate to do this, but with very limited free time at the moment, please pardon my ‘copy & paste’ note. I really wanted to respond to as many as possible before this next week really gets away from me. With no time for details unfortunately, I can still say this image is one that I find quite enjoyable. :) All the best to you and yours for a Happy Easter. Take care.
saxo042 (37666) 2014-04-20 10:57
An interesting street picture with this building that looks quite different from most in NYC. A pleasant depth here and a fine view.
Waylim (25368) 2014-04-22 16:53
Excellent shot. I like the inclusion of the branches above with the blossoms, it provide more depth and frame the image nicely and enhances the composition. The few traffic and people adds just the right amount of liveliness but not making it too busy. The light is just right not too strong and some nicely clouds in the sky to spice it up.
Good quality and natural colors.
Tigerlily (3299) 2014-04-24 11:26
A beautiful shot, Brenda. I like the colour and composition very much. The tree fills up the space of the sky.. very nice and thoughtful..
macjake (61418) 2014-04-25 22:39
another surprise from nyc.
i dont recall seeing this building at all.
And thats too bad, its looking mighty fine.
at first glance i would never peg this as nyc.
cute that you got the yellow cab in the scene.
another sweet surprise, nice one.
omid266 (6700) 2014-05-03 21:33
Congratulations, an excellent view from Market Library, very nice hunted woth camera ,
excellent POV, Fine details and goos colours,
well done and Thanks!
jacquest (18871) 2014-05-15 14:56
Your image shows a good perspective of the library which stands like a small castle. I like th tower with the clock and the yellow cabs that adds color on the street.
The light gives good colors and nice details.
kato (11630) 2014-05-22 23:11
You're capturing well this architecture by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the elegant Jefferson Market Library with Victorian Gothic style and brown color. It's also impressive in tower with the clock ans spires. And, it seems to be surrounded a quiet environment next to the park. And, spring's tree branch with flower which is hanging down from the top draws out a gentle atmosphere.
adores (40946) 2014-05-26 15:58
It's surely a beautiful building and I like the way you framed it, with the yellow cabs, the people passing and the trees with the white and pink flowers, reminding us that it's Spring. Good idea to include the branches at the top.
mkamionka (32459) 2014-05-28 2:39
I had the pleasure to walk this street but a while ago in the pre-digital times. I like the unique architecture of this building. You have presented it nicely together with the typical yellow cab of NYC and framed with beautiful blooming tree.
bona (13504) 2014-05-28 17:56
only you to show this points that only new yorkers know! A place to visit in the next trip to NY. Lovely building, I like the red colors. The trees with flowers are cherry blossoms?
Hugs from Brazil
PS: Pedro with almost 17 pounds (8 kilograms), but carring him I hurt my lowerback :/
Angshu (56568) 2014-05-30 1:12
You show us some 'unseen' parts of NYC...at least to me, as I do not recall seeing any picture of this fine building.
The building is beautfiul and I like how you framed with the tree branch at the top
Have a good WE