The New York Public Library’s magnificent Rose Reading Room has been closed for the past two years after a piece of ornamental plaster fell from the ceiling. Two years later, the ceiling has been restored, and each of the 900 rosettes reinforced with steel cables, one of the grand public spaces of the city is ready to re-open.
The video below presents a time lapse look at the final steps in getting it ready, including the reshelving of some 52,000 books. There’s something deeply satisfying in watching all those empty shelves get filled, perhaps the book-lover’s version of watching a Zamboni complete its task.
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