The tour was led by a young intern, and although a little disorganized, she provided great handouts with building statistics, showed us (3 were on the tour, and they seemed surprised to have any of us) all of the public spaces, and even gave us a bonus peek at her office. While she showed us the 12,000 volume Austrian-focused public library, the 74 seat performance space (they have over 200 events here a year!) with the piano elevator (see photo at right of the ceiling panel and lift grooves of the elevator), and an overview of the gallery space and the "scissor" fire escape staircase, my favorite part of the building (aside from just the dramatic facade (see left), was the smaller meeting/panel discussion space (see below). The small space was spectacular, with its floor to ceiling window wall that overlooked the Gothic church across the way juxtaposed against the modern steel beams of this building--beautiful.
A look through the gallery and the architecture tour can be enjoyed in about 30 minutes so if you are in the neighborhood around 4 pm, take a look. You'll be educated, interested, and absorb some international culture--all available in NYC for free!