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New York City’s libraries badly in need of repairs: report

“After years of being shortchanged by the city, some of New York’s libraries look like something out of a Gothic novel — with spooky abandoned spaces, leaky ceilings and chilly rooms, a new report found. The problems are so profound that the libraries need a whopping $1.1 billion to cover routine maintenance costs, according to a joint report from the Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan libraries. At the Ulmer Park Library in Brooklyn, the leaks in the ceiling are so big that on rainy days, workers often put ripped-up garbage bags over the books to protect them.” (via NY Daily News)

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For sale: 1 million photos of NYC’s history

“Photographers from Brown Brothers hauled their cameras from Ellis Island to Broadway to Yankee Stadium to snap pictures of street urchins and socialites, hardhats and mobsters, athletes and entertainers, capturing nearly every aspect of New York City life in the first six decades of the 20th century. Now, the more than 1 million photographs and negatives the company compiled are up for sale.” (via The Washington Post)

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Floating library breathes new life into historic steamship

“How much new life can be breathed into an 81-year-old steamship? According to Beatrice Glow, plenty. Over the next four weeks, the Lilac Museum Steamship, berthed at Pier 25 on the Hudson River in lower Manhattan, is home to the “Floating Library” — a space for people to gather, read, discuss and create. The only rule on deck is to power off and stow your cell phone.” (via Metro.us)

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The Library Fight in Plain Sight

“New York City loves its libraries. People are passionate about them, they feel a connection to their libraries, and have a deep personal ownership over them. New Yorkers don’t like to have their libraries messed with. They want them to have more resources and be able to do more. New Yorkers love libraries and we are looking to our political leadership to support that love. There is, unfortunately, a Tale of Two Cities to be told about libraries in New York City. There are flagship libraries and there are branch libraries and the branch libraries are understaffed, underfunded and breaking down. The libraries themselves continue to do incredible work even in difficult circumstances and the staff are dedicated even when they are too few.” (via Huffington Post)

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Now Available on Ancestry.com: New York City Vital Records

“Did you hear the news out of New York? We have teamed up with the New York City Department of Records/Municipal Archives to bring indexes to more than 10 million New York City birth, marriage, and death records for the years 1866–1948. You can search the indexes free from a new landing page at www.Ancestry.com/NewYork, where you’ll find other new releases as well, including the 1855 and 1875 New York state censuses.” (via Ancestry.com)

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