New York Public Library

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Scenes From the Manhattan Cocktail Classic Opening Night Gala

    The fifth annual Manhattan Cocktail Classic kicked off its five-day run Friday night, flooding four stories of the New York Public Library with tens of thousands of shaken, stirred, frozen, and bottled cocktails, crafted from more than 60 spirits, and made by the city's best bartenders. Andrew Andre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    This Week's Four Best Food and Drink Events

    This week's eclectic line-up of events includes war stories about the craft beer uprising and a unique Kiwi dinner to celebrate Anzac Day, a holiday in New Zealand and Australia.

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Cheap Laughs: The Best in Independent Comedy This Week, 4/2 - 4/8

    This week In Cheap Laughs, we showcase strange sketch performers, welcome UCB to the city's intellectual establishment, celebrate the Semitic failings of a non-observant Jew, and laud the stars of the internet's hottest anti-slut-shaming podcast. In other words, we do it all. Here are our picks for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    10 Things to Do for Less Than $10 in NYC This Weekend

    We're giving you a lot of weird stuff to do this weekend. Don't even attempt to question it. Tonight sing-along to your favorite '90s tunes (Color Me Badd, Dr. Dre, etc.) at Union Hall, or dance to a mash-up of Daft Punk and Michael Jackson at the Bell House. Also, there's a Taylor Swift group art s ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 26, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    The New York Public Library Needs a Proofreader [UPDATE]

    The New York Public Library is the second largest library in the United States, and third largest in the world. It possesses over 53 million volumes, sees upwards of 15 million visitors a year, and houses a Gutenberg Bible, a book that ushered in the dawn of mass media and widespread literacy. But e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    What's Happening This Week: Ice Cream Sunday, Street Foods of New York

    Monday, August 13 Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented With Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. The proprietors of Baked in Red Hook will be showcasing their recipes at the New York Public Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is free. Sunday, August 19 Third Annual Ice ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 13, 2012


    Bring your most stylish book bag to this

  • Voice Choices

    May 9, 2012


    Go ahead, drink in the library

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    New York Public Library President Anthony Marx Chats with Times Readers About NYPL Plan

    The Voice recently wrote about the New York Public Library's P.R. push, as its $300 million renovation plan continues to draw criticism. So much, in fact, that NYPL President Anthony Marx said he would respond to the public's questions about proposed changes in the New York Times. Concerned citi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    New York Public Library Renovations: Good or Bad?

    The New York Public Library has been working double time to boost positive P.R. about $300-million in planned renovations to its lion-fronted flagship on Fifth Avenue. Indeed, NYPL President Anthony Marx, in addition to penning many pro-change op-eds, has also agreed to field the public's question ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    'Wichcraft at the New York Public Library

    Starting Thursday, the New York Public Library will start offering food to its hungry researcher patrons, reports the New York Daily News. Two 'wichcraft kiosks are setting up in the Stephen A. Schwarzman building of the library as part of a one-year pilot program established in response to feedback ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    The New York Public Library's Maps Project is a Time Machine for Your Neighborhood

    While public library systems across the country flounder in the face of declining tax revenue and dwindling readership, the New York Public Library is somehow managing to survive. Rather than run away from digitization, NYPL has embraced it, and has recently produced a series of projects which are h ... More >>

  • News

    January 11, 2012

    100 Most Powerless New Yorkers

    A 'power list' for the rest of us

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Clemency Granted For Underage New York Public Library Fines

    ​Remember taking out books at the library as a kid? Remember the ensuing library fines when you couldn't get it together to return the books in time, and how you're pretty sure there are still never-returned library copies of Nancy Drew books from 15 years ago in your parents' house? In a nobl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    New York Public Library Will Pardon 140,000 Kids for Library Fines

    ​The New York Public Library is taking pity on some 140,000 city kids who have kept their library books out too long and are currently barred from borrowing new reading material. They will be able to chip away at their bills a buck at a time, $1 with every 15 minutes of reading. This is becaus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    New York Public Library Wins in Fight Against 'Bugget Cuts'

    via​Last week we posted about one little girl's attempt to keep the New York Public Library functioning, a method that included vaguely yet awesomely threatening letters to Mayor Bloomberg ("Do Not Cut the Library's Buggets OR ELSE"!). That girl will be happy, because today word came from Ange ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 1, 2011


    Sunblock? Check! Lit mags? Check!

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Happy 100th Birthday, New York Public Library!

    ​The New York Public Library is now 100 years old. It looks so good! The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd and Fifth Avenue -- you know, the main building, with the lions -- opened exactly 100 years ago today for borrowing. It's gone from having 1 million items to 65 million "and counting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    The Library Taps Coney Island Brewing Co. to Brew George Washington's Beer

    Doth poor penmanship beget good beer?​The New York Public Library is getting foodier everyday. Not only is it digitizing some 40,000 New York restaurant menus of yore, it's also taking a stab at George Washington's recipe for making beer.

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Salts of the Earth; China's Worst Food Scandals

    ​Behind the storefront of Japan Premium Beef is Bohemian, a hidden and secret restaurant that has managed to stay under the radar since it debuted two years ago. [NY Post] Remember those 10,000 menus the New York Public Library acquired to turn into a searchable database? Well, they're now be ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 6, 2011


    Shudder to Think’s Nathan Larson reads his debut novel

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2011

    Earth Hour Is Tonight

    ​Tonight, New York will join a host of international cities observing Earth Hour by shutting off the lights in a bunch of landmark buildings. This includes the Empire State Building, the U.N. headquarters, the New York Public Library, and a whole bunch of others, including some signs in Times Squa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    The New York Public Library Digitizes Menus, Delights Research-y Types

    ​Here's excellent news for academics, historians, and food obsessives alike: the New York Public Library is taking its collection of some 40,000 New York restaurant menus dating back to 1843 and digitizing the whole lot. The New York Post reports that beginning this spring, the library will en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    See Jay-Z and Cornel West Talk About Rap Music at the New York Public Library on November 15

    ​Yesterday, we brought you a brief but compelling excerpt from Decoded, the autobiography-slash-annotated-lyric-sheet of a book Jay-Z will be releasing through Spiegel & Grau on November 16th. Now comes word that one day prior, on Monday, November 15th, Shawn Carter will be at the New York Pub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Week in Review: Weezy Freed

    Welcome to my life, Weezy.​So Lil Wayne is finally a free man. Perhaps a lonely free man, but a free man nonetheless. It's been a hell of a two weeks for the law around here, in all honesty. After last week's barrage of club closings, this week brought news of yet more: 171 Lombardy was raided ... More >>

  • Dance

    September 22, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Are Bed Bugs Biting at the New York Public Library?

    ​Aw, bed bugs! Always trying to advance themselves and learn (and feast on the blood of intellectual sorts who enjoy such pursuits as reading and research). According to a WPIX newscast posted on this a.m., the nasty little creatures have been found in the New York Public Library ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 15, 2010


    Rub elbows with the lit-magerati

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    George Washington Owes $300,000 Library Fine

    Scofflaw​Libraries are having a tough time these days. The New York Public Library has already cut back its hours dramatically, in response to mid-year city budget cuts. (And that was even before a potential loss of state aid to the city, which could result in a loss of 19,000 municipal worker ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Rikers Reading List: James Patterson, R. Pattinson in High Demand

    Not on the Rikers Top 10 list.​New York Public Library book cart volunteers have gotten a look into Riker's that we mere Law and Order fan club members can only imagine. Turns out, it looks a bit like everywhere else reading-wise, except with more rules and nothing in hardcover (rarely worth t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2010

    Empire State Building Goes Dark Tonight as New York Observes Earth Hour

    ​The Empire State Building will be shutting off its lights tonight for an hour at 8:30 in observation of Global Earth Hour 2010. Earth Hour is an initiative of the World Wildlife Fund, which asks "individuals, schools, organizations, businesses and governments" to turn off or dim their lights ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    The Velvet Underground Reunion That Probably Won't Happen But Still (!)

    ​On December 8th, former Velvets Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker, and Doug Yule will find themselves sitting in the same room at the New York Public Library as part of an event promoting The Velvet Underground: New York Art, an omnibus VU retro out now on Rizzoli. David Fricke will be on hand to inte ... More >>

  • News

    October 27, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    I'm On The Cover of Paper!

    ​Well, a mock cover made up at the party Paper had for their 25th anniversary the other night (along with HP and their fabulous ink cartridges). First of all, let me say what an amazing job the mag's Kim Hastreiter, David Hershkovits, Mickey Boardman, and Drew Elliott did in pulling together ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Mickey D's Making Customers Happy & The Latest Food Safety Scare? Cantaloupes!

    Grilling enthusiasts need not skimp on the steak this summer. Bargain cuts include hanger, flatiron, flank, flap, tri-tip, skirt, chuck eye, chuck shoulder and top sirloin. So, what's the key to the perfect steak? Patience: let it sit before you put it on the grill and after. [Washington Post] A po ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 20, 2009


    Where all the sad young literary men will be

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Quick Hits

    OK, not new we're sure, but new to us: the New York Public Library Digital Gallery online. And here's where instinct and the search feature led us: "Woman holding Hitler the Cat at Jitterbug Contest." If it comes too late in the day for you to waste time with it, there's always tomorrow. Speaking o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    Author Profile Leads to NY Library Fun Facts

    One thing in the Observer's story on author Wells Tower caught Crystal Koo's attention: "Seriously, the New York Public Library has a secret room reserved for people with book contracts?" Yes, though it's not quite a secret; NYPL lists the Frederick Lewis Allen Room as "reserved for writers with boo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    We Love You Guys (Belch, Vomit)

    Image via the New York Public Library Later tonight, when we are maudlin-drunk, we will want to thank our readers for their patronage and feedback, so let us do that now while we can still make ourselves understood. Also, let us share with you our resolutions specific to this relationship: We will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Live: Zadie Smith at the NYPL

    Photo by Peter Foley via WYNC "Lectures are for academics, churchman, and explorers," announced a radiant, reticent Zadie Smith at Friday night's Robert B. Silvers Lecture at the New York Public Library, "and I'm a comic novelist, idiot savant of the humanities. Lecturing is outside my remit." " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    Local Craftspeople Make Art About Books for NY Public Library

    The New York Public Library is collaborating with design*sponge to get five local artists to "come to the library" and "become inspired by its collections." In this introductory video installment of "Design By the Book" we meet the artists: creators of artsy glasswares and dishes in Williamsburg, a ... More >>

  • Art

    July 29, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 25, 2008

    How to Steal Other People's Blind Dates

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 21, 1958, Vol. III, No. 30 The Blind-Date Bit By John Wilcock A guy I know with plenty of time on his hands has a system for what he calls "taking the guess out of the blind-date bit." It's a pretty simple operation, consisting simply ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    December 30, 2003


    Readers' Digest

  • NYC Life

    September 4, 2001

    Follow the Reader

    Around the Word in 90 Days

  • Art

    February 15, 2000
  • News

    February 1, 2000

    Overdue: Pay Raises

    Librarians Are Checking Out Over Low Salaries

  • News

    August 11, 1998

    In Stitches

    The Menswear How and Why

  • News

    October 14, 1997

    School Daze

    Fast Times at Cyber Senior High

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