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New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue and West 42nd Street, Application to redesign exterior lighting

WHEREAS, In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of The New York Public Library's iconic Landmark Carrere and Hastings building at Fifth Avenue and West 42nd Street, the applicant has applied for a C of A to redesign the lighting of the building in honor of this institutional milestone in order to achieve the following:

 WHEREAS, The plan was carefully designed and developed in consultation with the Landmarks Preservation Commission staff using methods and materials designed to diminish the visual impact of the of the supporting hardware required to properly locate the lights and maintain aesthetic harmony with the existing contextual elements; and

WHEREAS, The applicant provided extensive graphic representations of all of the elements of the lighting design that were visually compelling and very attractive and the digital renderings of the proposed lighting scheme appeared to achieve the outcomes stated above; and

WHEREAS, The proposed lighting design adds fourteen new light fixtures; eight flush-mounted in ground uplights, two minimum profile washlights, and four 22' ft. minimum profile high tapered poles with double washlights, in addition lighting will also be added unobtrusively two the handrails and fountains; and

WHEREAS, The applicant gave assurance that the iconic stone lions at the front will have special illumination; and

WHEREAS, The building's new name carved in stone is an addition to the building placed after designation and is not historical in nature nor deemed an important architectural element, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of one component of the application, namely the spot lighting of the carved stone bearing the building's new name, and be it further

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the other aspects of the New York Public Library's lighting plan in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Landmark Carrere a Hastings building at 42nd Street.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 27 in favor; 4 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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