Seems silly that a landmark designation is standing in the way of even the most basic signage. Access is a right!
This is the entrance to the City Hall Library, open to all yet known to relatively few and visible to just about no one. “I didn’t even know this was here. Is it open to the public?” Ydanis Rodriguez, a City Council member from Manhattan, asked as he recently entered it for the first time, even though it is a short walk from his offices.
Relative obscurity is nothing new for this institution, which is actually housed inside the Surrogate’s Court building. It is over 100 years old, but in July 1898, The New York Times wrote of its predecessor, a hodgepodge of a library inside City Hall, “There are not many who know of its existence, and few who have heard of it know of its location.” An apt description for the current library, too.
I am pro-clear signage and pro-awesome websites.