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Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street (Library), proposal for a donor recognition program consisting of carved lettering in stone at five locations on or near the façade of the New York Public Library

WHEREAS, New York Public Library, Main Branch, 476 Fifth Avenue, between West 40th and West 42nd Streets, is a celebrated individual New York City Landmark famous throughout the world, designed in 1897 in a competition won by the architectural firm Carrere & Hastings and completed in 1911; and

WHEREAS, In recognition of a $100 million donation from Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman and CEO of the Blackstone Group, the Library has decided to name its main Fifth Avenue Landmark building the "Stephen A. Schwarzman Building" when its renovation is completed in 2014; and

WHEREAS, The Library has applied for approval to carve lettering with this name in five locations, as follows:

WHEREAS, Although the style of lettering is consonant with other historic lettering and the attribution to the donor is deemed important by the Library, Community Board Five considers the number of carvings excessive and

unnecessarily intrusive to this iconic facade; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends denial of the Application from the New York Public Library for the five carved letterings in stone for its Donor Recognition Program, with the following exceptions:

The above resolution passed by a vote of 23 in favor; 14 opposed; 1 abstaining; 2 present not entitled to vote.

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