General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lamb & Rich, 1890; Ralph Samuel Townsend, 1903-1905

This soaring, light-filled space, the second oldest library in New York City, is one of only three remaining private membership circulating libraries, and houses the John M. Mossman Lock Collection, which contains more than 370 locks, keys, and tools dating from 4,000 BC to the early 20th century. The General Society's archives date back to 1785.

Since the first OHNY Weekend in 2003, this site is one of almost 50 have participated for 10 or more years. When you visit, please thank them for championing an open city! To see a full list of 15th Anniversary sites, click here.

This site is part of the special series Spaces of Respite, highlighting sites across the five boroughs where you can find respite from the stress of contemporary urban life, pause, and gather your thoughts. Click here to read more and see the full list of participating sites.


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