4. The Incredibly Opulent Gould Memorial Library Was Firebombed in 1969

The domed Gould Memorial Library was designed as the centerpiece of the Bronx Community College. An anarchist bombed the space with a molotov cocktail in 1969, and the blast destroyed part of the Tiffany glass skylight, the stage, an organ, and many of the wooden seats.

It is no longer a library but function as offices. Inside, the library was appointed with marble, stone sculptures and architectural elements, Tiffany glass, bronze, and a coffered ceiling. Open House New York calls is”one of the most breathtaking rotundas in the city.”