New York Public Library

Art, Brooklyn, History, photography

Dinanda Nooney, NYPL Digital Gallery

Mother and daughter in Flatbush

An online gallery from the New York Public Library provides a stunning glimpse into domestic life in Brooklyn in the 1970s, courtesy of photographer Dinanda Nooney, who traveled through the borough from January 1978 to April 1979, capturing locals in their homes and asking them to then suggest other subjects. The black-and-white photos range from everyday scenes of Brooklynites to the residence of a local celebrity biker to the childhood home of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Take a look at Dinanda Nooney’s photos here

Featured Story

Architecture, Brooklyn, Design, Features, Queens, Video

nyply, schwarzman, stephen a. schwarzman building, new york public library

Flickr image by endymion120

With the advent of the Internet—namely Google—the role of the library has changed dramatically over the last 20 years. But even with the introduction of new technology, never have libraries played a more important role in educating the public—and their rapid growth in attendance proves this. Although the New York Public Library (NYPL) scrapped Norman Foster’s plan to renovate their flagship location last year, they still have a $300 million renovation plan in the works and they’re hard on the hunt for a high-tech redesign. While we may be years off before we see a new design emerge, The Architectural League and the Center for an Urban Future have made their own investigation into what could be by asking a handful of architects to drum up exciting new library designs that meet the needs of today’s tech-savvy users. Originally published on ArchDaily as “Five Design Teams Re-Envision New York’s Public Libraries,” Connor Walker explores the five design teams’ proposal for a better NYPL.

There are 207 branch libraries in the city of New York, each providing a number of services to city residents. From the simple lending of books to adult technical literacy classes, these institutions are as vital as they were before the advent of the Internet, and their attendance numbers prove it. Between the years of 2002 and 2011, circulation in the city’s library systems increased by 59 percent. Library program attendance saw an increase of 40 percent. In spite of this, library funding was cut by 8 percent within this same timeframe, which has made it difficult to keep many of the system’s buildings in good repair. To spark interest and support from city leaders, The Architectural League, in collaboration with the Center for an Urban Future, instigated the design study “Re-Envisioning New York’s Branch Libraries.”

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Architecture, Midtown

hunt library

Norman Foster’s design for the New York Public Library (NYPL) may have been scrapped, but the library isn’t giving up on the opportunity to turn its space into an innovative learning hub. As the NYPL gears up for a new $300 million renovation plan, they’re turning to a very unlikely locale for their inspiration: The South.

The NYPL is using two high-tech libraries in Tennessee and North Carolina as models for their new spaces at the Schwarzman building and the highly trafficked Mid-Manhattan branch across the street. The renovation will be geared towards the needs of teachers, students and entrepreneurs, and will be designed to support collaborative pursuits within the library walls.

More on the NYPL’s new plans here

Daily Link Fix

  • 7 Galleries Amping Up The Art World: Galleries are slowly moving from a blank canvas that showcases art to a work of art themselves. Architizer explores some galleries that are enhancing their art through intriguing architecture.
  • Bed Stuy Says Goodbye to Lenny Kravitz’s Childhood Home: The Brownstoner mourns with Bed Stuy locals as the musician’s grandparents home is converted to a multi-family apartment building.
  • A Web App Where Emojis Fly At Your Face: You’ll either be thoroughly entertained or just plain annoyed. FastCo. has the latest on a new app the takes emojis to another level.
  • Digital Music Store for Theater Lovers: More proof that Glee has transformed a generation, the once under appreciated show tune art form is coming back with its own digital store, and Crain’s NY has the details.
  • New York Public Library Unveils New Renovation Plans: The library’s new plan is expected to cost $300 million, significantly less than its predecessor. The Real Deal has the scoop on the rejected old plan as well as the new pitch.
  • Rocket Joe’s Pizza Closed For Business: Even when you have time to prepare, the pain of loss is still piercing. Bowery Boogie gives a touching en memoriam to a Lower East Side fixture that will be missed.
  • Popsicle Art: Have you ever seen that episode of the Twilight Zone where the sun is moving closer to the earth and the woman is painting a cool picture of a waterfall to distract herself from the heat? Well, this piece is kinda like that. Apartment Therapy has some adorable popsicle art that will keep you and the kids cool… and hungry… during those hot summer days.

Images: Lenny Kravitz (left), Rocket Joe’s (right)

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