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Dec 10 2013

NYPL through the eyes of an aerial drone

by Jesse M

Located on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, often referred to as the “main branch” of the New York Public Library, is an iconic structure. From the pair of stone lions (“Patience” and “Fortitude”) guarding the entrance to the famous Rose Main Reading Room, it is easily recognizable, even for individuals like myself who have never seen it in person.

Recently Morgan Holzer, Information Architect at NYPL, teamed up with Nate Bolt to provide us with a novel view of the NYPL; through the eyes of Lucy IV, a DJI Phantom aerial drone! Shooting after hours, they capture footage of Astor Hall, the Rose Main Reading Room, and the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division. As Holzer mentions in her write-up of the project, the different perspective provided by the drone “astounded me over and over again.” Take a look at the embedded video below and see for yourself! As noted in the description, “lots of safety precautions were taken and no books were harmed in the making of this video.” If you are interested in catching a glimpse of the drone itself, make sure to watch the video all the way through; it appears around 2:10.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Veronica W December 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM

I have been in NYPL but it looks even more awesome from on high. Thanks!

John December 12, 2013 at 3:05 PM

That was a lot of fun to watch. Thanks for sharing.

Hope December 17, 2013 at 11:52 AM

“…and no books were harmed in the making of this video.” LOL. Thanks for sharing this!

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