1. This photo of Grand Army Plaza was taken exactly 35 years ago today, shot by Dinanda Nooney from 1 Plaza Street in Park Slope on Aug. 24, 1978. It is one of hundreds of photographs from Nooney’s "At Home In Brooklyn" series, which is in the Library’s Art, Prints and Photographs division and documents almost 200 families or individuals in their Brooklyn homes in the late 1970s. 

    This photo of Grand Army Plaza was taken exactly 35 years ago today, shot by Dinanda Nooney from 1 Plaza Street in Park Slope on Aug. 24, 1978. It is one of hundreds of photographs from Nooney’s "At Home In Brooklyn" series, which is in the Library’s Art, Prints and Photographs division and documents almost 200 families or individuals in their Brooklyn homes in the late 1970s. 

  2. Happy arty Caturday! This is an 1862 print of an etching by famous artist Edouard Manet. It is currently in the Library’s renowned Print Collection, and features both a cat and Manet’s sketches (which, if we know cats, are destined to be toppled over if that cat is given enough freedom). Happy Caturday! if you want to read more on Manet, check out one of the many books about his life in the NYPL’s collection. If you want to see more from the Library’s Art, Prints, and Photographs Collection … they have a Tumblr, too. Check it out. 

    Happy arty Caturday! This is an 1862 print of an etching by famous artist Edouard Manet. It is currently in the Library’s renowned Print Collection, and features both a cat and Manet’s sketches (which, if we know cats, are destined to be toppled over if that cat is given enough freedom). Happy Caturday! if you want to read more on Manet, check out one of the many books about his life in the NYPL’s collection. If you want to see more from the Library’s Art, Prints, and Photographs Collection … they have a Tumblr, too. Check it out

  3. Happy Birthday Lucille Ball! Courtesy of NYPL’s Billy Rose Theater Collection at the Library for the Performing Arts, we present a few beautiful images of the ground-breaking comedian from our Digital Gallery.  

    And if you want to celebrate your love of Lucy, check out a DVD or two of I Love Lucy!

  4. 238 years ago today in 1775, the U.S Postal System was established by the Second Continental Congress with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general. These photos of the U.S postal service throughout history are from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection and our "The Pageant of America" Collection. Check out the NYPL Digital Collection for more photos and images of the Postal Service throughout history. 

  5. Today we are sharing with you a second photo for Mustache Monday!
Our second mustache belongs to author and writer Ernest Hemingway whose birthday was yesterday!
Photo: NYPL Digital Gallery

    Today we are sharing with you a second photo for Mustache Monday!

    Our second mustache belongs to author and writer Ernest Hemingway whose birthday was yesterday!

    Photo: NYPL Digital Gallery

  6. Happy Bastille Day!
How will you be celebrating this French Holiday?
77 years ago in 1936, celebrations were held at the Statue Of Liberty as this photo depicts from the NYPL United States History, Local History and Genealogy Division Collection. Be sure to check out the NYPL Digital Collection for more photos of Bastille Day!

    Happy Bastille Day!

    How will you be celebrating this French Holiday?

    77 years ago in 1936, celebrations were held at the Statue Of Liberty as this photo depicts from the NYPL United States History, Local History and Genealogy Division Collection. Be sure to check out the NYPL Digital Collection for more photos of Bastille Day!

  7. 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).  

  8. 60 years ago today in 1953, the MGM movie musical, ”The Band Wagon” starring Fred Astaire had its world premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The movie was inspired by the Broadway Musical of the same title also starring Fred Astaire. The New York Public Library’s Billy Rose Theatre Collection has dozens of photos from the original musical in 1931, including the photos above of Fred and Adele Astaire. Be sure to go to the NYPL digital collection, these photos are worth checking out!

  9. With all the excitement happening right now around the Wimbledon men’s tennis final, thought we’d post the front and back of this cigarette card from between 1922 and 1939 from our George Arents Collection. The card was part of a series of “homeland events,” and depicts a game of “gents doubles” on the famous grass court. We hope you … love. Get it?

  10. Happy Caturday! Check out this very cool photo from our Photography Collection - it’s a 1978 image of Julie Merz, daughter of architects Joseph and Mary Merz, and her cat, inside of their home at 48 Willow Place, Brooklyn (for double Caturday action, there’s also a cat poster on the wall). The photo is one of many in our collection by photographer Dinanda Nooney, who in 1978 and 1979 did a series of black and white prints of almost 200 individuals and families in their Brooklyn homes called "At Home In Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs." It’s hot outside - stay in and browse, and check out a piece of Brooklyn history. Think a cat still lives at 48 Willow Place? Hmmm, we wonder. Happy Caturday!

    Happy Caturday! Check out this very cool photo from our Photography Collection - it’s a 1978 image of Julie Merz, daughter of architects Joseph and Mary Merz, and her cat, inside of their home at 48 Willow Place, Brooklyn (for double Caturday action, there’s also a cat poster on the wall). The photo is one of many in our collection by photographer Dinanda Nooney, who in 1978 and 1979 did a series of black and white prints of almost 200 individuals and families in their Brooklyn homes called "At Home In Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs." It’s hot outside - stay in and browse, and check out a piece of Brooklyn history. Think a cat still lives at 48 Willow Place? Hmmm, we wonder. Happy Caturday!