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Mid-Manhattan Library

Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

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Fully accessible to wheelchairs
Program is free, but advance registration is recommended. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance.
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The oldest building in New York City, the hobbit doors of Dennet Place, a hidden museum in a Williamsburg apartment—Brooklyn is filled with secrets.

Secret Brooklyn book coverAway from the crowds and standard attractions, Brooklyn offers countless offbeat experiences. Michelle Young and Augustin Pasquet, founders of the online magazine Untapped Cities, join us for a conversation their book Secret Brooklyn: An Usual Guide.

After presenting an overview of the borough’s hidden treasures, the authors will discuss their popular website and the power of urban discovery. A Q&A follows.

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A Description of the New York Central Park, with Maureen Meister, art historian, professor, and author.

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

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Fully accessible to wheelchairs
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This illustrated lecture reintroduces readers to A Description of the New York Central Park, published in 1869 and widely considered the most important book about the park to appear during its early years.

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from NYPL:

The Landmarks of New York: An Illustrated, Comprehensive Record of New York City’s Historic Buildings, with Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, chairwoman of New York State Council on the Arts and author of 23 books.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

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Fully accessible to wheelchairs
First come, first served

This illustrated lecture showcases New York City’s architectural history and richness, surveying a broad range of styles and building types: colonial farmhouses, Gilded Age mansions, churches, schools, libraries, museums, and the great twentieth-century skyscrapers that are recognized throughout the world.

Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

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Fully accessible to wheelchairs
First come, first served

 This illustrated lecture explores the transition of the district from industrial space to artists’ enclave to affluent residential area, focusing on the legacy of urban renewal in and around SoHo and the growth of artist-led redevelopment.

Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.

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From “What To Catch At The New York Public Library This Fall“:

“For more information on New York City and its specific history, head to the Mid-Manhattan library for events on such wide-ranging New York topics as Soho’s gentrification (September 22), New York in the Gilded Age (November 7), Ground Zero and the Remaking of Lower Manhattan (November 8), and a celebration of subway buskers (November 14). To learn more about what makes New York City (and other cities around the world) so essential, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building will host the lecture What Makes a Great City? on September 21. On November 2, the Schwarzman Building will also host The Well-Tempered City, a discussion on how cities can adapt to the problems of the future, including climate change, income inequality, and migration.”

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Author @ the Library: Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli with Ted Merwin
Book talk
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Program Locations:
Mid-Manhattan Library
Fully accessible to wheelchairs

This illustrated lecture focuses on the history of the deli as an essential ethnic gathering place for post-immigrant generations of Jews who were shifting away from scrupulous religious observance and looking for more secular ways of building community.

Ted Merwin is an associate professor of Religion and Judaic Studies at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, where he is founding director of the Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life.…

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Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000, with Ash Thayer, a photographer and multimedia visual artist.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
This illustrated lecture features extensive photography of the legendary squatting community in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.…

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from the NYPL: http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2015/07/09/beneath-streets-hidden-relics-new-york-citys-subway-system-matt-litwack

Author @ the Library:
Beneath the Streets: The Hidden Relics of New York City’s Subway System, with Matt Litwack, American Photographer and Graffiti Artist
Thursday, July 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at Mid-Manhattan Library (fully accessible to wheelchairs)
Only a handful of transit workers, daring explorers and graffiti writers have experienced the full scope of the New York subway system. Beneath the Streets reveals this world for the first time with fantastic photographs captured from throughout the tunnels and byways of the subway. Although it provides service to over 5 million riders every day, the subway is for most a sealed system. Very few of its patrons are aware of the extent of this vast underground infrastructure. The authors of Beneath the Streets first discovered this hidden world in the process of photographing graffiti found below ground in the subway system. Now their riveting documentary work opens up this subterranean maze, including 600 miles of active track as well as abandoned sections and disused stations, for all to experience.…

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