1. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so for this week’s Caturday, we’re sharing some photos of cat balloons from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! The photos are from the 1931 and 1932 parades, and are currently in our Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy. Yes, they’re a little small (and affixed to paper along with photos of other balloons) but you can still see them! If you want to see other old school photos of the parade, we have plenty here. Happy Caturday!

  2. In case you needed further proof as to why Tom Wolfe is awesome, yesterday The New York Times broke the news that The New York Public Library’s Manuscripts & Archives Division has acquired The Tom Wolfe Papers. The collection is amazing in its breadth in that it will contain rarely seen drafts and correspondence between Wolfe and such friends of his such as Hunter S. Thompson and William Buckley. And yes there will be plenty of materials in the collection related to his iconic books such as The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man In Full. And of course all of Tom Wolfe’s books can be found at branches throughout the entire NYPL system!   

    In case you needed further proof as to why Tom Wolfe is awesome, yesterday The New York Times broke the news that The New York Public Library’s Manuscripts & Archives Division has acquired The Tom Wolfe Papers. The collection is amazing in its breadth in that it will contain rarely seen drafts and correspondence between Wolfe and such friends of his such as Hunter S. Thompson and William Buckley. And yes there will be plenty of materials in the collection related to his iconic books such as The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man In Full. And of course all of Tom Wolfe’s books can be found at branches throughout the entire NYPL system!   

  3. Help Bring New York City's Past Back to Life From Your Phone - Wired Science →

    Our friends at Wired Map Lab want you to know about the Library’s latest web app, Building Inspector. The game-like app, created by the folks at NYPL Labs, helps us digitize building shapes and other information from the Library’s collection of historical NYC maps. But we need people! We need you to help make sure our computer programs are getting the details right. You can start right now, just grab your nearest mobile device and visit buildinginspector.nypl.org to get instructions and start inspecting! 

  4. BORN TO BE WILDE! Happy 159th birthday to the great Oscar Wilde! You can check out most of Wilde’s books at your local New York Public Library branch. The New York Public Library’s Berg Collection is also fortunate enough to have many of the Oscar Wilde Papers within its research collection. So Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde you WILDE and crazy guy! 

    BORN TO BE WILDE! Happy 159th birthday to the great Oscar Wilde! You can check out most of Wilde’s books at your local New York Public Library branch. The New York Public Library’s Berg Collection is also fortunate enough to have many of the Oscar Wilde Papers within its research collection. So Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde you WILDE and crazy guy! 

  5. This rare construction photo - taken exactly 102 years ago today - shows the foundations of the famous Woolworth Building, one of the country’s oldest skyscrapers. The photo was taken at Broadway and Park Place in Manhattan by photographer Irving Underhill on Oct. 6, 1911, and is currently part of our Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, The Woolworth Building - designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert - was completed two years later in 1913. 

    This rare construction photo - taken exactly 102 years ago today - shows the foundations of the famous Woolworth Building, one of the country’s oldest skyscrapers. The photo was taken at Broadway and Park Place in Manhattan by photographer Irving Underhill on Oct. 6, 1911, and is currently part of our Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, The Woolworth Building - designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert - was completed two years later in 1913. 

  6. Some things never change. Cats are hilariously curious today, and they were hilariously curious in the 1950s - and here’s the evidence. This photo from our Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History, and Genealogy depicts a kitty devilishly dumpster-diving on Catherine Street in New York City in 1951. It’s part of a set of nearly 1,700 black and white photos in our collection showing street views of New York City from the 1870s to the 1970s. We just thought it was funny, and perfect Caturday fodder. Happy Caturday (for those who don’t know, we’ve been posting pics of feisty felines from our collections every Saturday since 2010 - go back and see what other Caturday treats we’ve shared).  

    Some things never change. Cats are hilariously curious today, and they were hilariously curious in the 1950s - and here’s the evidence. This photo from our Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History, and Genealogy depicts a kitty devilishly dumpster-diving on Catherine Street in New York City in 1951. It’s part of a set of nearly 1,700 black and white photos in our collection showing street views of New York City from the 1870s to the 1970s. We just thought it was funny, and perfect Caturday fodder. Happy Caturday (for those who don’t know, we’ve been posting pics of feisty felines from our collections every Saturday since 2010 - go back and see what other Caturday treats we’ve shared).  

  7. Believe it or not today marks the 25th Anniversary that one of our all-time favorite films was released… Big (1988) starring the one and only Tom Hanks. The film was a BIG success and of course gave Mr. Hanks his first Oscar nomination (he lost to Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man). Big would go on to inspire a 1990’s Broadway Musical whose Playbill we happened to find in our Billy Rose Theatre Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. And you can check out a dvd copy of Big at multiple branches of the NYPL. Find out what is so special about Baskin!!!!

    Believe it or not today marks the 25th Anniversary that one of our all-time favorite films was released… Big (1988) starring the one and only Tom Hanks. The film was a BIG success and of course gave Mr. Hanks his first Oscar nomination (he lost to Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man). Big would go on to inspire a 1990’s Broadway Musical whose Playbill we happened to find in our Billy Rose Theatre Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. And you can check out a dvd copy of Big at multiple branches of the NYPL. Find out what is so special about Baskin!!!!

  8. NYPLMaps shares a few details about one of the oldest streets in New York City, Maiden Lane, which was also known as T’Maagde Paatje.

    nyplmaps:

    Appleton’s Dictionary of Greater New York And Its Neighborhood (1905):

    Maiden Lane

    A Street running from Broadway between John and Liberty Sts., east to the East River, is one of the most ancient in New York. It was established as a road in the earliest times of the Dutch, its course through a valley being the easiest route of passage from the two great highways along the North [ Hudson ]and East River sides and was from the first used as such. It was then known as “T’Maagde Paatje,” or the Maidens Path. It was laid out as a street about 1693, during the governorship of Colonel Fletcher, when it received its present name. At present it is lined with substantial stores and is the center of the wholesale jewelry trade.     

    Plan of the city of New York in North America (1776)

    Maiden Lane, New York. Jewelry centre of the world (ca. 1885)

  9. In case you missed it, on the front page of today’s New York Times is the amazing story of Kirsten the American Doll who has been in circulation with little girls at the Ottendorfer Branch of The New York Public Library for 8 years!!!! It’s an amazing story about a library, a librarian, and a community. 

    In case you missed it, on the front page of today’s New York Times is the amazing story of Kirsten the American Doll who has been in circulation with little girls at the Ottendorfer Branch of The New York Public Library for 8 years!!!! It’s an amazing story about a library, a librarian, and a community. 

  10. Just a reminder that tonight at 6:30pm at The Seward Park Library there will be a free screening of the 1980’s classic DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN that will feature a Q&A with the film’s director Susan Seidelman!!! This screening is part of the new Lower East Side Heritage Film Series: The 80s. Seats are on a first come, first serve basis. 

    Just a reminder that tonight at 6:30pm at The Seward Park Library there will be a free screening of the 1980’s classic DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN that will feature a Q&A with the film’s director Susan Seidelman!!! This screening is part of the new Lower East Side Heritage Film Series: The 80s. Seats are on a first come, first serve basis.