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#LetMeLibrarianThatForYou Confirms Librarians Fielded the Weirdest Questions Pre-Google - Probably still do.

5 hours agoOdd : Geekosystem

Ah, librarians: Blessed with much knowledge and so many weird questions. This was especially true pre-Google, as the New York Public Library's instagram set about proving this week.

NYPD Throws Public Tantrum at Funeral

Do any of the cops who participated in this ugly public tantrum understand how crass and unsympathetic it makes them look? Police Outside Cop Funeral Turn Backs on NYC Mayor. NEW YORK (AP) -- Hundreds of officers outside the church where a funeral was held for a policeman killed along...

Johnson Collection releases in depth study of Eugene Thomason

yesterdayArts : Artdaily

The Johnson Collection, in collaboration with the University of South Carolina Press, announces the publication of From New York to Nebo: The Artistic Journey of Eugene Thomason. Featuring 47 color illustrations, the book tells the story of how one Carolina artist translated an early twentieth century urban art movement for the Southern vernacular. Show More Summary

Eight childhood game obsessions, illustrated

For Matter's New York Review of Video Games, a " weeklong celebration of our most experimental, most alive, least respected art form," the publication asked eight artists to illustrate a single game that dominated their youth, whether...Show More Summary

Difficult questions posed to the NYPL reference desks before the net

yesterdayOdd : Boing Boing

In the New York Public Library's Instagram account, Information Architect Morgan Holzer is posting images of 3x5 cards pulled from a shoebox collecting 50 years' worth of weird questions that were posed to the system's reference desks, which were strange and notable enough to warrant addition to the collection. Read the rest

Editorial: Clean up PA-thetic mess

The most powerful and least accountable public agency this side of the old Soviet Union has millions in New York and millions in New Jersey

The Weirdest Questions People Asked Librarians Before Google

"Do mice throw up?" and "Any statistics on the lifespan of the abandoned woman?" are some of the less strange questions that librarians at the New York Public Library have been writing down for decades. If you're wondering if people asked about sex, the answer is "yes, absolutely." Read more...

Prosecutors Want 'Nut Rage' Exec Arrested

Despite her tears and public apologies, former Korean Air exec Cho Hyun-ah is facing criminal charges from South Korean prosecutors over her meltdown on a Dec. 5 flight out of New York, the BBC reports. According to a government investigation, Cho (also known as Heather Cho) became enraged when a...

The history of photo sharing explored in new library exhibition highlighting the social side of photography

4 days agoArts : Artdaily

That?s the theme of The New York Public Library?s new exhibition Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography, now on view at the Library?s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The free show?displayed...Show More Summary

Bill Cosby's Lawyer Threatens New York Daily News Over "Defamatory" Rape Story

Marty Singer sent the newspaper a lengthy letter bashing its publication of claims made by Sammy Davis Jr.'s ex-girlfriend read more

New York Public Library’s Newly Discovered Collection of Quirky Vintage Reference Questions

4 days agoOdd : Laughing Squid

Staff at the New York Public Library recently found a recipe box containing a collection of interesting reference questions posed to librarians from the 1940s through the ’80s. People came to the library for reference, but also for info on buying and selling, looking for inspiration, crafty project ideas, and even to find photos. In […]

NY Gov. Cuomo: Protest Dialogue ‘Got Out of Control,’ ‘Overheated’

4 days agoNews : Mediaite

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today publicly commented on the heated environment in the state that ended up with two NYPD officers dead just days ago.

Alleged Columbia Rapist Not Doing Himself Any Favors

4 days agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

The Columbia student accused of raping classmate and “Mattress Performance” artist Emma Sulkowicz spoke publicly for the first time in an interview the New York Times published yesterday. Because the university found Paul Nungesser not responsible for sexually assaulting Sulkowicz (and two other students who filed complaints), Nungesser told the... More »

No, Bill de Blasio is not the first New York mayor to wrangle with the police

This moment may well be the low point of Bill de Blasio's brief time so far as mayor of New York City. As he approaches the end of his first year in office, members of the city's police force are publicly revolting against him, one of his predecessors — Rudy Giuliani — is denouncing him […]

The Books We Loved in 2014

Each year, millions of books make their way through The New York Public Library system. With so many books to choose from, it would seem an impossible task for our librarians to select their favorites. But, shockingly, it wasn't nearly as difficult as we thought! Below are the favorite books NYPL staff read in 2014. Show More Summary

The Books We Loved in 2014

Each year, millions of books make their way through The New York Public Library system. With so many books to choose from, it would seem an impossible task for our librarians to select their favorites. But, shockingly, it wasn't nearly as difficult as we thought! Below are the favorite books NYPL staff read in 2014. Show More Summary

New York Addresses Heroin Crisis With Movie Theater PSAs

4 days agoHealth / Addiction : The Fix

Movie theaters across the state will show public service announcements warning about the dangers of the drug.

Epic YouTube Rant: “I Refuse to Take Part in Murder”

This video was posted on Monday after the police shootings in New York City on Saturday. This woman goes off on Al Sharpton, Bill De Blasio and Barack Obama over their public rantings about race. “Again, at some point you … Continue reading ?

How New York protects police records from public view

As the national conversation about police-community relations intensified in recent months, open-government advocates in New York State escalated their fight against a statute that allows law-enforcement agencies to keep virtually all internal personnel records secret. Show More Summary

NY Theater Will Hold Live Reading of The Interview Script Draft

5 days agoNews : Mediaite

One way or another, the American public will get to see The Interview. For now, however, the best we can do is a New York theater holding a live reading of a near-final draft of the film's script this week.

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