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There’s been a lot of talk about a disappearing New York, and different online interactives and photo exhibits have recently offered a glimpse of the the city from many, many years ago. But it’s interesting to note just how rapid various changes across NYC’s landscape occur, especially when browsing photos from a little over decade ago. To that end, the New York Public Library has photos on display from New York’s outer-boroughs. Taken by William...
Long ago, before Google was humanity’s all-knowing sage of indispensable wisdom, people used to go to libraries. At these libraries, there were stacks upon stacks of books that anyone with a library membership card could open up and read. One could gloss the pages of seminal works of fiction, or learn about biomechanical engineering, if they felt so inclined. But, if someone felt stumped by a passage or got tired of the alphabetized rows...
In a city transforming at the speed of light, nostalgia for an older New York, death knells for Brooklyn, and trepidation at creeping change in the outer boroughs is widespread. As Adam Gopnik writes in Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York, “The map of the city we carried just five years ago hardly corresponds to the city we know today, while the New Yorks we knew before that are buried completely.” While it’s...
If you were at school right now, you would be pleasing the teacher to let you have class outside. In the same spirit of that fruitless high school request, the New York Public Library has opened up a temporary outdoor classroom, complete with wi-fi, a long table with ample seating, and some circulation books to peruse. The outdoor classroom is open from today through August 15, part of the library’s #ireadeverywhere initiative that asks New...

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