Good News from the New York Public Library

As I’ve said many times, I love going to libraries. If they’d let me I’d take my cats and move into the New York Public Library Branch on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street. That made me sad for a second. Buddy was a book-eater, so that wouldn’t have turned out well. Except it’s only a fantasy so what the hell. In my fantasy, any books Buddy would have eaten would be magically okay the next morning.

Actually, I keep forgetting that the The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers (that’s in the 5th Avenue building) grants fellowships to writers every year. Among other things, you get a room to store the books you’re using for your research, instead of having to request and wait for them every time! I never ever ever ever remember to apply. I hate myself. From their website:

“A Cullman Center Fellow receives a stipend of up to $65,000, an office, a computer, and full access to the Library’s physical and electronic resources. Fellows work at the Center for the duration of the fellowship term, which runs from September through May. Each Fellow gives a talk over lunch on current work-in-progress to the other Fellows and to a wide range of invited guests, and may be asked to take part in other programs at The New York Public Library.”

But I wanted to post about the NYPL’s Central Library Plan (CLP) which I’ve posted about in the past. I didn’t hate everything about it myself, and loved some of the things the proposed, but there were some big problems, which apparently the NYPL has responded to! The story is here.

Joey Ramone Place. It looks quite different now from when Joey Ramone was hanging out in this neighborhood. The Hell’s Angel’s headquarters is one block over. I’ll bet they’re not thrilled about how the neighborhood has changed.

Joey Ramone Place

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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