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Hispanic Museum receives $1.75 mil from City for Heritage...

Hispanic Museum receives $1.75 mil from City for Heritage Month [photo: Sailko, Wikipedia].

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A New York City museum that holds a world-class collection of Iberian art has received $1.75 million in capital funds from the city.

The award to the Hispanic Society of America was made Tuesday in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

The money will go for the replacement of the main building's roof.

The museum and research library in Washington Heights has works by such masters as Goya, Velazquez, El Greco and Joaquin Sorolla.

The library has 250,000 books, including 15,000 printed before 1701, plus 200,000 manuscripts from the 12th century to the present.

Including Tuesday's award, the city has contributed about $3 million for the 111-year-old institution's master plan.

The first phase included renovation of the Sorolla gallery. Restoration of the building facade is slated to be finished next month.