Some people think the sculptures are of the Statue of Liberty, but no one knows for sure, they were discarded; and Grace from the library found,
them and now they are in the lobby as you enter.
The library reopened after a three-year, $10 million renovation.
The New York Public Library's Jefferson Market Branch on Sixth Avenue at West 10th Street in the Village closed in 2019 for the upgrade, which included adding accessible
entrances and enhancements throughout the building.
The branch's building was originally a courthouse, prison and market erected in 1877 and designed by Frederick Clark Withers and Calvert Vaux. The civil court was on the second floor, now the Adult Reading Room, and the police court was on the first floor, which is now the Children's Room! The brick-arched basement, now the Reference Room, was used as a holding area for prisoners on their way to jail or trial. The 100-foot-tall firewatcher's tower and bell are still intact and has incredible views of Greenwich Village.
Other improvements upgraded lobby, improved access, a larger elevator and modern restroom. enhance usability while highlighting the beauty of the building’s timeless design.