The oldest continuously existing free lending library in New York, it was originally designed in 1884 as a 'Deutsches Bibliothek' when this neighborhood was part of Kleindeutschland (Little Germany) and now serves as a branch of the New York Public Library. A lovely red brick building, it contains reliefs of heroes of German culture such as Goethe. Another part of the building, constructed as a 'Deutsches Dispensary,' stopped functioning as a clinic several years ago and has lain vacant ever since.
135 Second Avenue
Nearest Transit: Astor Place (Lines: 6)
+1 212 674-094
Ottendorfer Library and Nearby Attractions on Map
Flatiron Building(1.4 km)
The Flatiron Building is another of New York’s architectural landmarks, a wedge-shaped 22-storey Beaux-Arts building at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway.
Empire State Building(2.2 km)
The Empire State Building is Manhattan’s best known landmark and stands as a testament to the American spirit.
New York Stock Exchange(3.1 km)
A historic site, not least because of the Black Thursday crash of the Exchange on 24 October 1929 and the subsequent sell-off panic which started on Black Tuesday, 29 October, precipitating the worldwide Great Depression of the early 1930s.
23 Wall Street(3.1 km)
Located across from the Stock Exchange is this imposing office building which was constructed in 1914 and served as the headquarters of JP Morgan.
Trump Building(3.1 km)
A very impressive skyscraper which was completed in 1930 and surpassed the height of the nearby Woolworth Building, making it the tallest building in the world until the Chrysler Building was completed just a month later (which in turn lost that title to the Empire State Building less than a year later).
Brooklyn Bridge(2.7 km)
From its intersection with Park Row (just east of City Hall) you can walk (takes about 20-30 minutes each way), bike, or drive across the historic and iconic bridge to Brooklyn.
Chrysler Building(2.7 km)
One of the most recognizable and favored structures of New York, the Chrysler was the world's tallest building when completed in 1930, but lost that title to the nearby Empire State Building less than a year later.
Grand Central Terminal(2.7 km)
Walk in and see the main concourse, a cavernous room often filled with people and elegantly detailed, with arched windows, a lovely clock, and an astronomical ceiling.
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