1. Manhattanhenge is back tonight - where the sun aligns perfectly with Manhattan’s streets. Check out this article about our city’s famous grid design while you prep for sunset! Get those instagramming fingers ready!

    Manhattanhenge is back tonight - where the sun aligns perfectly with Manhattan’s streets. Check out this article about our city’s famous grid design while you prep for sunset! Get those instagramming fingers ready!

  2. We asked Brain Pickings' Maria Popova to curate a selection of books for The Library Shop, and to our surprise and enormous delight, we got something more wonderful than we could have ever imagined. As Maria explains:

    "…my chronic maximalism soon kicked in — the single reading list soon became four reading lists (wisdom on writinggreat reads about New York Cityheart- and brain-stirring books on pets and animals, and timeless treats for young readers) and the simple tabletop display became an elaborate installation in the bookstore’s main window.

    Check out a time-lapse video of the installation process above, and visit Brain Pickings for more behind-the-scenes photos and videos of the amazing display Maria created with artist Kelli Anderson, plus info on all her book recommendations.  

    And visit The Library Shop to see the masterpiece yourself! 

  3. July is rapidly coming to a close, but before it does, we wanted to share this very cool Caturday image from July 1862. It is the cover of Peterson’s Magazine, which features an Etruscan hand-screen with a cat smack dab in the middle. Cool, right? This item is currently in our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection (which anyone can use and, in case you missed this interview, is relied on by the costume designer of hit show “Orange Is The New Black” as she researches outfits). Happy Caturday! 

    July is rapidly coming to a close, but before it does, we wanted to share this very cool Caturday image from July 1862. It is the cover of Peterson’s Magazine, which features an Etruscan hand-screen with a cat smack dab in the middle. Cool, right? This item is currently in our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection (which anyone can use and, in case you missed this interview, is relied on by the costume designer of hit show “Orange Is The New Black” as she researches outfits). Happy Caturday! 

  4. You all know how excited we are about NYPL’s Central Library Plan and the renderings we released last week. Yesterday, the Daily News shared its opinion - and it’s a winner: 
“A great new chapterThe planned overhaul of the New York Public Library’s iconic midtown building is a winner”
But that’s not all! Take a look at their op-ed and read what else they had to say.

    You all know how excited we are about NYPL’s Central Library Plan and the renderings we released last week. Yesterday, the Daily News shared its opinion - and it’s a winner: 

    A great new chapter

    The planned overhaul of the New York Public Library’s iconic midtown building is a winner”

    But that’s not all! Take a look at their op-ed and read what else they had to say.

  5. Wednesday we shared the renderings of the Library’s Central Library Plan. Today, the Library opened an exhibition at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building that explains the process of the Central Library Plan, including renderings, details and the above video that provides an animated look inside the space. 

  6. We are extremely excited to share the first-ever look at the inspiring new lending library that will be constructed for the public inside of our historic building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The project—designed by world-renowned architect Norman Foster and his award-winning firm Foster + Partners—more than doubles the amount of public space, better preserves the Library’s research materials, and creates a truly integrated central library in the heart of New York City serving all people, from scholars and students to toddlers and teens.
We encourage everyone to visit the Library’s dedicated webpage at www.nypl.org/clp to learn more about the plan.

    We are extremely excited to share the first-ever look at the inspiring new lending library that will be constructed for the public inside of our historic building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The project—designed by world-renowned architect Norman Foster and his award-winning firm Foster + Partners—more than doubles the amount of public space, better preserves the Library’s research materials, and creates a truly integrated central library in the heart of New York City serving all people, from scholars and students to toddlers and teens.

    We encourage everyone to visit the Library’s dedicated webpage at www.nypl.org/clp to learn more about the plan.

  7. This weekend marks the first Designers & Books Fair, an event “at the intersection where design, architecture, and books meet.” If you’re like us and think this sounds like a fabulous way to spend the weekend, then we’ve got some good news: the Designers & Books Fair is giving NYPL fans a special offer! Click here and enter the code NYPL to get free passes to the exhibition hall, and snag discounted program tickets here.

    This weekend marks the first Designers & Books Fair, an event “at the intersection where design, architecture, and books meet.” If you’re like us and think this sounds like a fabulous way to spend the weekend, then we’ve got some good news: the Designers & Books Fair is giving NYPL fans a special offer! Click here and enter the code NYPL to get free passes to the exhibition hall, and snag discounted program tickets here.

  8. Tomorrow night is the NYPL’s Anti-Prom, Monster Ball!!! Teens who don’t feel comfortable attending their school proms can party with their friends at the library instead.

    This year’s theme is inspired by Frankenstein - monsters, remixing, Romantic meets gothic meets pulp fiction. The Design NYPL group designed clothes inspired by the theme and will present a fashion show at Anti-Prom. Check out the video to learn more about how they used the library’s collections as inspiration for their designs.

    Teens can still register to attend:  http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2012/06/08/anti-prom-monster-prom-0

  9. Well, this was yesterday, but still - these prints are gorgeous. Just a sample of the inspiration you can find at the library.

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    Today, on May 10, 1866, Russian painter and stage designer Leon Bakst was born. Check out some of his costume designs in the Library’s Digital Gallery.

  10. In a city full of skyscrapers, where would we be without our elevators? On March 23, 1857, Elisha Otis installed the first safety elevator for passenger service in the store of E.V. Haughwout & Co. in New York City. (thank you Encyclopedia Brittanica for this reference!) If the name Otis sounds familiar, that’s because Elisha founded the Otis Elevator Company, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of the aforesaid device.
Today’s image is brought to you by the General  Research Collection of the Science, Industry and Business Library. Although it’s not an Otis, it’s a lovely representation of a fundamental New York necessity.

    In a city full of skyscrapers, where would we be without our elevators? On March 23, 1857, Elisha Otis installed the first safety elevator for passenger service in the store of E.V. Haughwout & Co. in New York City. (thank you Encyclopedia Brittanica for this reference!) If the name Otis sounds familiar, that’s because Elisha founded the Otis Elevator Company, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of the aforesaid device.

    Today’s image is brought to you by the General  Research Collection of the Science, Industry and Business Library. Although it’s not an Otis, it’s a lovely representation of a fundamental New York necessity.