Climbing up the Jefferson Market clock tower

Once a year, the steep winding staircase leading to the top of the Jefferson Market Library’s Gothic clock tower opens to the public.


It’s worth the almost hour-long wait in line and slight vertigo to ascend the many steps and reach the top of this singular beauty of a building.


As many New Yorkers know, Jefferson Market was built as a courthouse by Central Park co-creator Calvert Vaux and opened in 1877. It’s the subject of frequent Ephemeral posts, as it’s such a spectacular place steeped in history).


The reward for making it up the stairs: magnificent views of Greenwich Village and beyond, and the satisfaction of knowing you’ve been inside a closed-off part of New York that few residents get a peek at.


Thanks to the people of Jefferson Market and Open House New York for making this architectural treasure accessible!

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2 Responses to “Climbing up the Jefferson Market clock tower”

  1. Steve Says:

    How about the faded ad on the right-hand side of the photo? Awesome view!

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Yes, a Village landmark that just won’t fade, luckily!

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