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Last Night’s Surprising Velvet Underground Reunion at the New York Public Library


We can’t begin to explain how giddy we were last night as we waited to enter the New York Public Library for the unprecedented Velvet Underground reunion of Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker and Doug Yule. As we snaked through lines and into the grand room, our excitement built. Two large screens projected a slideshow of images from the newly-released coffee table book The Velvet Underground: New York Art as we waited for the show to start. After the jump, read five things that surprised us most about the sold-out… Read More

NYPL President Paul LeClerc Talks Voltaire


“Your nature is to do evil; mine is to love the truth and publish it despite you.” This entry is from Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary, under the entry on Fate. On the 250th anniversary of the publication of Candide, Voltaire’s masterpiece attacking the philosophical doctrine of Optimism made popular by writers like Alexander Pope and Gottfried Leibniz, the New York Public Library has organized Candide at 250: Scandal and Success, examining the many forms and legacies of this bold, satirical… Read More

In Like a Lion: New York Public Library Logo Facelift


Noble, wise, genteel: the aging lion was an apt metaphor for the sagacity and permanence of the New York Public Library, especially its grand Carerre and Hastings-designed home in Bryant Park. Even old warhorses need an upgrade in These Modern Times, however, and the lion is now looking a little perkier after a logo upgrade by Brian Collins in conjunction with the library’s in-house art department. Details on the design nitty-gritty, plus an NYPL video outlining the logo evolution after the… Read More