If you somehow were flash-frozen in early 2014—and only thawed recently—the first thing you would have to be updated on is the New York Public Library.
Similarly, if you’ve been living in a hole in the ground, we want you to know—and try to not to freak out about—that the beautiful Rose Reading Room has been closed.
When a large fragment of the plaster ceiling fell, it was immediately closed to the public and is now undergoing renovations. The good news is that it may actually reopen sooner that expected: the original projection was that it would reopen in 2017, but the new estimate is late 2016.
Unfortunately, this is only a slight more bearable version of what feels like a horrendous punishment. The iconic heart of the NYPL is a home to many, and a fantastic place to read a book, get work done, or meet with friends. Just kidding about that last one; you might get aggressively shushed by someone.
We can only hope that the restoration, which includes work on the desks and lamps in addition to the ceiling, will be worth a year’s wait. In the meantime, below are some images of one of NYC’s best spaces, before and during the restoration.