Tag: New York Public Library

Remembering Action Park for Its Thrills and Dangers

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] It’s Tuesday. The city’s public advocate, Jumaane Williams, is seeking re-election on Nov. 5. Mr. Williams, a Democrat, will debate his Republican challenger, Joe Borelli, a councilman from Staten Island, tonight at 7 on NY1. Weather: Cloudy with a chance of showers. Expect a […]

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J.D. Salinger, Unbound

When J.D. Salinger was 18, unpublished and spending long hours at his typewriter, he received an encouraging letter from an admirer. “I accept your story. Consider it a masterpiece. Check for $1,000 in the mail. Curtis Publishing Co.” It wasn’t really from a publisher — those notices wouldn’t arrive for years. It was from Salinger’s […]

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Who Says Building Scaffolding Has to Be Ugly?

Someone could easily make a highbrow reality show about Susanna Sirefman and her firm, Dovetail Design Strategists. An architect by training, a writer and lecturer by avocation, she consults with major institutions to help them find the right architects for their new buildings, additions and renovations. Sometimes this involves organizing design competitions that streamline and […]

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Talking Trash in New York, and Taking Photos of It

Weather: Showers and thunderstorms could produce heavy rainfall. Expect a high in the low 80s. Alternate-side parking: Suspended today for Eid al-Adha. ImageCreditShabazz Stuart In addition to talking trash, New Yorkers are apparently not shy about shooting photos of it and then posting scenes of the garbage on Twitter. Social media is replete with pictures […]

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On Walt Whitman’s Big Birthday, 10 Glorious Relics

“I am large, I contain multitudes,” Walt Whitman wrote in “Song of Myself.” And these days, New York includes an unusually large and varied amount of its most celebrated literary son. The bicentennial of his birth on May 31 is being celebrated with events around town, including a marathon reading of “Song of Myself” in […]

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The Music Nearly Lost to AIDS

What the composer John Corigliano remembers most about the AIDS crisis is the look of horror in his friends’ faces when they received their diagnoses. “Everyone had fear,” he said in a recent interview. “You would be watching friends die, and wondering if you were next. And musicians were affected enormously.” Mr. Corigliano wrote his […]

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