Drawing on materials from across the Library’s collections, this major exhibition tells the story of the clamor and chaos of lunchtime in New York, a defining feature of the city for more than 150 years. Work-obsessed, time-obsessed, and in love with ingenious new ways to make money, New York City reinvented lunch in its own image. The exhibition focuses on different types of lunchtime experiences, from early power brokers inventing what they didn’t yet call the “power lunch” to local charities establishing a three-cent school lunch to visitors with guidebooks thronging the Times Square Automat. Highlights include caricatures from the walls of Sardi’s, selections from NYPL’s world-renowned menu and cookbook collections, and a restored section of an original Automat.
Guided tours of the exhibition will be offered every hour on the half-hour, 11:30 a.m. through 6:30 p.m.
Invitations, which admit four, will be mailed out in May. The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information. please call the Friends Office at 212.930.0653