Underground New York Public Library

The Underground New York Public Library is a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways.
This project is not affiliated with The New York Public Library


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“Underground New York Public Library: name of an awesome (potential) band or kickass blog?” - Algonquin Books (via Twitter) 

“The arresting photos speak for themselves”Future Journalism Project

"There’s something luminous about the readers in the photographs. - Publishers Weekly

"…these are utterly mesmerizing photos of people from all walks of life being mesmerized by books. I cannot stop looking at them. I go back again and again and marvel at the intimacy people have with books, the private world they manage to create when they’re packed into a metal tube rumbling beneath ground. And the photographs are so beautiful, and the books people are reading are so much better than the books you might imagine people are reading in the subway. I was inspired on every level. I want to read those books! I want to write more books!" - Ann Patchett

“Yay, an absorbed non digital reader!!!”- Gary Shteyngart

"These are not hipsters, these are not book-bearing oddities in the 21st century. They’re just people reading on the train… Ben-Haim doesn’t editorialize other than an occasional description of what went on behind the scenes. She doesn’t need to. Her readers—ahem—speak volumes." - Lisa Peet

"Her project has emerged at a moment when it has never been more difficult to survey the city’s literary tastes by scanning a subway car, thanks to the rise of e-readers and tablets." - The Wall Street Journal

“This is not only our new favorite, too, but, it seems, a new addiction.”- Discovery News

“If Walker Evans had a Tumblr”- Curator of Curiosities

"Underground New York Public Library is a curiously enjoyable photo blog of the New York City Subway’s reader-riders." - Laughing Squid

“Underground New York Public Library is keeping books cool”- Guest of a Guest

“The greatest website in the history of the world”- Sherman Alexie

“New personal goal is to appear on UNYPL” - The Worst Kind of Pretense

"One of the reasons we love NYC" - Saks Fifth Avenue (via twitter)

“We’ve been waiting so patiently for a Norton book to show up on UNYPL. How sweet it is.” - Norton & Company

"The most accidentally sexy blog is this one."- Chelsea G. Summers (via twitter)

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