For decades, the stately lions that guard the entrance to the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street were "dressed" for Christmas with huge wreaths around their necks.The iconic literary lions welcomes Christmas in grand style. It was just another touch of Christmas in New York that thrilled visitors - especially children.
Then, a few years ago the lions lost their wreaths. When we inquired why, we were told that the wreaths damaged the limestone that the lions were made of. We found that hard to believe and we suspect many others did as well. After all, couldn't the library use artificial wreaths? Wreaths that weren't so heavy, maybe? Surely there must be a solution.
Well, we're not sure what happened but, thank goodness the wreaths are back. The lions are in their Christmas finery and all's right with the world.
And, this too -- inside the library's great entrance hall the huge Christmas tree with all its birds and natural decorations sits in grand style, just as always.
Our thanks to the New York Public Library -- an astounding edifice and rich resource, now and forever!
Photos copyright 2014 by Dan Cirucci.