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Blog Posts by Subject: New York City

Experiments with the New York School of Poets

Our March poetry workshop discussed the New York School of poets, their influences, their style, and their writing habits as it captured the spirit of the 1950s and 60s in New York City. Taking some of these habits, we wrote poetry, trying for a slice of life or a walk down a New York street, using drips and splashes of collaged ideas.Read More ›

Preparing for the 2016 MTA Conductor Exam

Where to find the exam prep book and the things you can learn without it—all you need is a library card.Read More ›

Finding Love in NYC, Literally

The city that never sleeps is the backdrop for some of literature’s best love stories. Here are our favorite romantic scenes that take place in the city, plus a map with their locations. Read More ›

February Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

A musical heritage of the Jewish community...uncovering psychological tricks of a hustler...racial inequality and a call to action...revisiting Folk City, New York...Woody Allen—a life...the intersection of word geeks and grammar police...criminal negligence in the U.S. armed forces...exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square...transformation of urban gardens...New York’s first and oldest charter school... beauty, culture and the fascination of Cuba...Read More ›

Download Your Next Nonfiction Read: Author @ the Library in "E"

Are you looking for a good nonfiction read to download? Every month the Mid-Manhattan Library presents a series of Author @ the Library lectures featuring recent nonfiction books on a wide range of subjects, and many of these titles are available to borrow as e-books. Read More ›

Bake Like New York's Best Bakeries!

If you've ever thought about trying to replicate your favorite sweet or savory treats, check out the cookbooks from these famous NYC bakeries.Read More ›

Best Books for Teens 2015: Our Top 10 Favorites!

It’s time for the second annual NYPL Best Books for Teens list! Get ready for the most memorable, the most gut-wrenching, the most exciting, the most fun, the most swoony, the most informative and the most engaging books of the year.Read More ›

John Lennon's New York City

Born October 9, 1940, John Lennon spent his post-Beatles years (1971–1980) living and working in New York City. Commemorate Lennon's birthday and life in NYC by exploring an interactive map of landmarks, suggested books, and more.Read More ›

October Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Culinary tours…global entrepreneurs…dangerous political weapons in America…Nazi art theft and the quest for justice…forensic DNA…the Tappan Zee Mega Project…the Gowanus Canal…. If any of these topics have piqued your interest, then please join us for an Author @ the Library program in October at the Mid-Manhattan Library.Read More ›

New York: A Reading List from Open Book Night

A wide variety of titles, including memoirs, essays, classic and contemporary fiction, history, and poetry connected to New York. Read More ›

Blue Pencil in the Blue Room: City Tabloids, Old Laws, and the Painted Ladies

This past month in New York City, political issues have surrounded the Painted Ladies of Times Square like googly-eyed tourists with cameras on selfie sticks. The uproar fittingly abides the municipal brouhaha over the last 100 years that has possessed the behavioral pressure cooker of Times Square. 'Twas ever thus.Read More ›

The Best New York City Novels by Neighborhood

For the reader who just can't get enough of those busy city streets, or is just dying to know where exactly in the five boroughs their favorite characters are inhabiting, here is a list of famous New York City-based novels according to the neighborhood in which they take place—complete with an interactive map of nearby landmarks and attractions!Read More ›

Occupying Ellis Island: Protests In the Years Between Immigration Station and National Park

Ellis Island is powerfully symbolic in American culture. For many it marks the beginning of their American identity. For Native Americans and African Americans, it became a powerful place to stage a protest in the 1970s.Read More ›

Researching New York City Neighborhoods

Redefined by the city’s growth, changing populations, and the plans of real estate developers, New York City neighborhoods are ever-evolving entities. They can be researched through our collections—useful materials include neighborhood and borough-specific histories, NYC guidebooks, city agency reports, local newspapers, clippings, statistical data, and maps.Read More ›

Our Favorite New York Stories for Kids and Teens

The staff at New York Public Library love their city. Here are some books for young children, middle graders, and teens they feel deliver all the charm, mystique, and humanity that makes this place great.Read More ›

Our Favorite New York Stories

The staff at the New York Public Library loves their city as well as a story that captures what is truly special and wonderful about this place. Here are a few of their favorites.Read More ›

May Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Dance in unexpected places... walking through literary New York... New York's incredible abandoned spaces... photographing fashion's trendsetters... recipes in literature... unusual hiking destinations... coming of age in postwar America... the art and science of what we eat... southern Italy's most celebrated gardens... urban transformation in Chelsea... the influence of our infrastructure...Read More ›

We Are New Yorkers: A Reading List for NYC Immigrant Heritage Week

Here are some vivid representations of the New York immigrant experience in fiction, as well as a few memoirs and biographies of New Yorkers past and present, who arrived here from all over the world and made their mark on our city. Read More ›

Bill Barvin's Location Photography

William "Bill" Barvin worked for over two decades as a location manager and scout for television and film, taking thousands of photos during the course of his career of New York and New Jersey streets, apartments, storefronts, and rooftops; bars, clubs, restaurants, and theaters; hotels, hospitals, laundromats, and churches.Read More ›

March Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Drawing as a form of inquiry... groundbreaking graphic designers... The U.S. a safe haven for Nazis... 1,000 years of visualizing the cosmos... a moment-by-moment account of Hurricane Sandy... the era of great American songwriting... the evolution of the painted nail...Read More ›
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