And the answer is….Meryl Streep

Mar 15 2010

In our last blog entry we posed the question “Which Academy Award winning actor filmed scenes in the NYIT Manhattan Library?"

In the year 2003, HBO Films created a miniseries version of Tony Kushner's play "Angels in America."  Staring many Hollywood luminaries, including Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Jeffrey Wright, the miniseries would go on to win both multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Awards, in the process earning Meryl Streep a Golden Globe, Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild Award for her multiple portrayals.

To answer our question, were you to look closely when the character Joe Pitt enters the "Mormon Visitors Center" to greet his mother Hannah Pitt, you will recognize very clearly the exterior of NYIT's main building at 1855 Broadway, and a very astute observer will notice that the scene continues on the inside of what is now, you guessed it, the first floor of the NYIT Manhattan Library.

It is fairly common for the library to appear on both film and television.  More recently, associate professor of social sciences Nicholas Dagen Bloom was interviewed in the library by WPIX News (N.Y.) for a documentary about the New York City Housing Authority.  You can view the video here (70.7 MB), as well as take a look at professor Bloom's seminal work regarding New York City public housing at the following library locations:

Title:  Public housing that worked : New York in the twentieth century
Author: Bloom, Nicholas Dagen, 1969-
Holdings: Manhattan Library & Wisser Memorial Library    
Call Number: HD7288.78 .U52 N726 2008

Author: sebastien_marion