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. Now through July 3, The New York Public Library is displaying a rare historic copy of the Declaration of Independence — written in Thomas Jefferson’s hand. Start your July 4 festivities early and visit our beautiful Bartos Forum, where you can see a piece of American history first-hand.

    Now through July 3, The New York Public Library is displaying a rare historic copy of the Declaration of Independence — written in Thomas Jefferson’s hand. Start your July 4 festivities early and visit our beautiful Bartos Forum, where you can see a piece of American history first-hand.

  3. Before he was the star of How I Met Your Mother, Josh Radnor was a student at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center's National Theater Institute. Radnor will be at The Library for the Performing Arts tomorrow (June 19) for a conversation with Donna Dinovelli (NTI faculty) and Rachel Jett (NTI Artistic Director) about NTI’s impact and legacy. More info on the free event here, and more about The Library for the Performing Arts’ exhibition celebrating the O’Neill Theater Center’s 50th anniversary here.

    Before he was the star of How I Met Your Mother, Josh Radnor was a student at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center's National Theater Institute. Radnor will be at The Library for the Performing Arts tomorrow (June 19) for a conversation with Donna Dinovelli (NTI faculty) and Rachel Jett (NTI Artistic Director) about NTI’s impact and legacy. More info on the free event here, and more about The Library for the Performing Arts’ exhibition celebrating the O’Neill Theater Center’s 50th anniversary here.

  4. Tony award-winning actor Alan Cumming is many things, but typical he is not. Nor is he a cheese. So when he comes to The Library for the Performing Arts next month, don’t expect a typical talk about the acting process. (That’s why the title of the event is "I Am Not a Cheese; I Do Not Have a Process": Alan Cumming on Acting.)
A portion of the seats for the June 23 event are now available for advance reservation online. And don’t worry: if you can’t scoop up an advance ticket, the remaining seats will be distributed on a first come, first served basis the day of the event. We recommend arriving early. Click here for more info. 

    Tony award-winning actor Alan Cumming is many things, but typical he is not. Nor is he a cheese. So when he comes to The Library for the Performing Arts next month, don’t expect a typical talk about the acting process. (That’s why the title of the event is "I Am Not a Cheese; I Do Not Have a Process": Alan Cumming on Acting.)

    A portion of the seats for the June 23 event are now available for advance reservation online. And don’t worry: if you can’t scoop up an advance ticket, the remaining seats will be distributed on a first come, first served basis the day of the event. We recommend arriving early. Click here for more info. 

  5. Little girls in floral dresses and a young boy in knickers and a pair of chucks = early mid-20th century New York City. Harlem to be precise and the George Bruce Library to be exact. They’re looking at the window display “Your Public Library,” which was a popular display at the branch and at times featured Americana (like the one above), ships, art from different cultures, Democracy, and other topics. Take a stroll down our memory lane - otherwise known as the Digital Collections - and learn more about NYPL’s historic branches.
And if you love George Bruce Library or one of our other lovely locations, be sure to sign NYPL’s petition and tell City leaders we need more Library funding!

    Little girls in floral dresses and a young boy in knickers and a pair of chucks = early mid-20th century New York City. Harlem to be precise and the George Bruce Library to be exact. They’re looking at the window display “Your Public Library,” which was a popular display at the branch and at times featured Americana (like the one above), ships, art from different cultures, Democracy, and other topics. Take a stroll down our memory lane - otherwise known as the Digital Collections - and learn more about NYPL’s historic branches.

    And if you love George Bruce Library or one of our other lovely locations, be sure to sign NYPL’s petition and tell City leaders we need more Library funding!

  6. Today the NYPL wishes a Happy Birthday to the legendary entertainer Cher! For decades this pop icon has been entertaining us with both her music and acting, all of which you can check out at most branches of The New York Public Library. She doesn’t act nearly as much as she did in the 1980’s so it is easy to forget that she gave some great performances in films such as Silkwood, Mask (a personal favorite), The Witches of Eastwick, Mermaids , and of course Moonstruck (pictured above) for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. So SNAP OUT OF IT and get to your local branch and check out some of these great movies. Happy Birthday Cher! 

    Today the NYPL wishes a Happy Birthday to the legendary entertainer Cher! For decades this pop icon has been entertaining us with both her music and acting, all of which you can check out at most branches of The New York Public Library. She doesn’t act nearly as much as she did in the 1980’s so it is easy to forget that she gave some great performances in films such as Silkwood, Mask (a personal favorite), The Witches of Eastwick, Mermaids , and of course Moonstruck (pictured above) for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. So SNAP OUT OF IT and get to your local branch and check out some of these great movies. Happy Birthday Cher! 

  7. It’s children’s book week this week, the perfect time to visit the Library’s exhibition The ABC Of It. Say hello to familiar friends Winnie the Pooh and Mary Poppins, stop by and listen a while to E.B. White reading Charlotte’s Web, raise a ruckus with Judy Blume and J.K. Rowling, then pop over to the Green Room and say goodnight to the moon. Bring yourself or your favorite little one and relive the classic tales of childhood.

    It’s children’s book week this week, the perfect time to visit the Library’s exhibition The ABC Of It. Say hello to familiar friends Winnie the Pooh and Mary Poppins, stop by and listen a while to E.B. White reading Charlotte’s Web, raise a ruckus with Judy Blume and J.K. Rowling, then pop over to the Green Room and say goodnight to the moon. Bring yourself or your favorite little one and relive the classic tales of childhood.

  8. It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood - just ask Patience and Fortitude! Why not visit one of our branches, check out a good book, and read it in a park or under a tree somewhere? Prefer eBooks? We have those, too! 

    It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood - just ask Patience and Fortitude! Why not visit one of our branches, check out a good book, and read it in a park or under a tree somewhere? Prefer eBooks? We have those, too

  9. Great game (and win) last night for fellow NYC institution the NY Rangers! So what should the Philadelphia Flyers do now with all of their free time? We think their teammate has the answer right on his jersey. We have plenty of books on hockey (as well as books on golf) if they’re interested. 

    Great game (and win) last night for fellow NYC institution the NY Rangers! So what should the Philadelphia Flyers do now with all of their free time? We think their teammate has the answer right on his jersey. We have plenty of books on hockey (as well as books on golf) if they’re interested. 

  10. This gem from the the NYPL’s Map Division outlines a plan, first devised in 1911 and revisited in 1930, for a “City of New Manhattan” to be created by filling in New York’s upper harbor and subsuming Governor’s Island (presumably Ellis Island and Liberty Island too) in the process. In a boastful or optimistic flourish, the red sections by Battery Park represent lots that had already been sold. The black stripe running down the center is a three-tiered transportation artery: train tracks on the bottom, lanes for cars in the middle, and an airplane landing strip on the top. At least it would have been nice to have all those extra tunnels to Jersey, Brooklyn, and Staten Island though, no?

    This gem from the the NYPL’s Map Division outlines a plan, first devised in 1911 and revisited in 1930, for a “City of New Manhattan” to be created by filling in New York’s upper harbor and subsuming Governor’s Island (presumably Ellis Island and Liberty Island too) in the process. In a boastful or optimistic flourish, the red sections by Battery Park represent lots that had already been sold. The black stripe running down the center is a three-tiered transportation artery: train tracks on the bottom, lanes for cars in the middle, and an airplane landing strip on the top. At least it would have been nice to have all those extra tunnels to Jersey, Brooklyn, and Staten Island though, no?