Dozens of pedestrians roam the streets outside the New York Public Library on a busy day in New York City. The stunning building is accentuated with Greek-style columns and roofs, and while positioned low to the ground, the building's ornate features and design cause it to stand out considerably from the more contemporary buildings in its vicinity. The impressive architecture of the New York Public Library is befitting of its reputation as the second-largest public library in the United States (falling behind the Library of Congress).
Founded in 1895, the New York Public Library has been serving the public for well over a century and is the largest public library system in the United States. The system is comprised of four scholarly research centers and 88 neighborhood branches, providing a wide range of resources to residents all over the greater New York area. As of today, the library offers more than 55 million items ranging from books and ebooks to research used by academic professionals from all across the globe. The library even contains the original, handwritten copy of George Washington's Farewell Address, among a number of other historical documents.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester, MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.