Congratulations to all of the Academy Award nominees today! In celebration of the nominations it has becoming an annual tradition for us to post a photo of one of our most famous treasures at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Yep, believe it or not, but The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts houses TWO Academy Awards in its collections. One is the Oscar that Paul Muni won in 1937 for Best Actor in THE STORY OF LOUIS PASTEUR and the other belonged to Burl Ives who won it for Best Supporting Actor in 1959 for THE BIG COUNTRY.
This week for Mustache Monday we bring you Siro Delmonico, the nephew of the founders of the eponymous restaurant group, who managed business downtown. You can read more about him in his obit, published in the Times on December 20, 1881. Apparently he was a tremendous cigar smoker, had an excellent memory for names and faces, and did well by the family name in the business arena.
You can learn more about Delmonico’s by visiting Lunch Hour NYC at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, on view until Feb. 2013.
The library’s new exhibition, Lunch Hour NYC, opens Friday. In the New York Times yesterday, Sam Roberts wrote about the Automat, a very popular chain of lunch spots which opened in New York 100 years ago this July. The article has elicited over 100 comments so far, mostly people sharing their memories of these memorable restaurants.
Do you have any stories about the Automat?