New York Public Library

Post image for From Manhattan Doorsteps to Brooklyn Living Rooms, a Photographic Map of 1970s New York

Two 1970s photography series that chronicled the urban landscapes of New York City are now accessible on interactive maps through the New York Public Library’s ongoing Photo Geographies project.

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Post image for What People Asked the New York Public Library Before Google

“Why do 18th century English paintings have so many squirrels in them, and how did they tame them so that they wouldn’t bite the painter?” It’s easy to find answers to such perplexing questions today.

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When the United States joined the Allied forces in 1917, the mind of the American citizen was almost as much a battlefield as Europe was.

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Post image for Dress as Fine Art: 19th-Century Self-Improvement Manuals

In the 19th century, when books were more available to the public, titles on how to improve yourself were among the most prevalent. The New York Public Library’s Art & Architecture Collection recently posted some of the more curious ones online.

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Post image for Fred Tomaselli Talks Pot, Gardening, and the New York Times

“Wasn’t pot your gateway drug to gardening?” Lawrence Weschler asked Fred Tomaselli teasingly during their recent conversation for the New York Public Library’s Art and Literature Series.

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Post image for NY Public Library Drops Controversial Makeover of Flagship Building

The New York Public Library (NYPL) has done an about-face on its controversial plan to renovate its flagship research building on 42nd Street and sell the nearby building that currently houses its Mid-Manhattan library, the New York Times has reported.

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Post image for Faith Ringgold’s Unrealized Tribute to Harlem Literary Life

A little-known depiction of Harlem literary life and African-American literature by Faith Ringgold is currently on view at the New York Public Library in its exhibition The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter.

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Post image for A 19th-Century Map of the Geology Hidden Beneath NYC Streets

There was much rejoicing among cartography lovers when the New York Public Library’s Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division recently released over 20,000 maps for free use.

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Post image for New York Public Library Puts Major Dance Video Archive Online

The New York Public Library recently digitized thousands of hours of its videos in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division Moving Image Archive, from grainy historic footage to contemporary productions along with preservations of culture.

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Post image for Tune In, Drop Out: The Timothy Leary Papers Are Now Available to the Public

The newly open-the-public Timothy Leary papers at the New York Public Library is a fascinating trove.

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