A $55 Million Gift, and a New Name, for the Mid-Manhattan Library

Last year, the New York Public Library released plans for a total renovation of its Mid-Manhattan branch, the workhorse circulating library that has long been the ungainly stepsibling to the magnificent Beaux-Arts building across Fifth Avenue that houses its world-class research collection.

The work began this summer. And now the library has secured the final $55 million in private money needed to pay for that makeover, which will also come with a new name.

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