A day in the life of New York City's public libraries: Traveling from borough to borough, this short documentary by Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks reveals just how important the modern library is for millions of people. Why Libraries Matter.
The New York Public Library has released more than 20,000 high resolution cartographic works (maps!) for free
, to view and download. "We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions." All can be viewed through the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections page
and downloaded through their Map Warper
. (Via) [more inside]
Did P.T. Barnum keep live whales
in his museum on Broadway? When were penguins stolen from the Coney Island Aquarium
? How much horse manure
was deposited on the streets of New York City before the automobile, and what happened to it? Answers to these question and more at the New York Historical Society Library's
short video series When did the Statue of Liberty Turn Green
? [more inside]
Upheaval at the New York Public Library
: an article in The Nation which looks at the current state of the NYPL, and highlights many of the problems facing public libraries across the United States.
New York Public Library is crowdsourcing the rectification of maps
in their digital gallery. Help match rare maps of NYC to more precise current maps, browse rectified maps, or lend a hand rectifying maps of Haiti to help relief efforts
In the long stretch of culinary history,
the creation of the menu
was a notable development. In the U.S., New York
is the restaurant capital, and the New York Public Library has an enormous collection
of menus, many of which they are currently displaying
in a third-floor gallery. If you're in NYC (or will be visiting this winter) and are interested in such things, don't miss it; it's showing until March 1.