Underground New York Public Library

The Underground New York Public Library is a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways.
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Friday eReader

Here is our Friday eReader. This week, she’s behind closed doors. 

This article combines the meteor that came to our planet today, with quotes from Leo Tolstoy. It’s beautiful.

Also, here’s a guide for how to take a great author photo (via I Love Charts).

Have a good weekend,

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Friday eReaders

Here are our Friday eReaders. This week, they’re framing a happy conversation. 

For an alternative Friday eReader, check out this one by Blake Eskin. The rest of Blake’s subway set is captivating as well; see it or subscribe to it here

Here’s the weekend. Enjoy it,

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Friday eReader

Here is our Friday eReader. This week the case for her device mirrors a book.

Etgar Keret is one of my favorite short story writers. One of his stories from “Suddenly, a Knock on the Door" was made into a little film short for the Sundance Film Festival. Based on the story "What Do We Have in Our Pockets," you can watch it here

It was another nice week at the UNYPL. Here are subway tights, for when you visit. Enjoy the weekend, 

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Friday eReader

Here is our Friday eReader. Sean McMahon was singing this song when I took the shot. It was early, people were silent with coffee cups. His song was beautiful. 

A chart of Kurt Vonnegut’s shapes of stories (via Teaching Literacy). Here he talks about it in this video.  

It was a great winter week at the UNYPL,

enjoy the weekend,

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Friday eReader

Here is our Friday eReader. This week she has a great hat. It was a reflective and also festive week at the UNYPL. Selecting The Regulars, The Walkers, and The Portraits was a nostalgic process. Meanwhile, things were noticeably different underground, as shopping bags and tubes of holiday gift wrapping paper were ubiquitous. 

Speaking of the holidays, It was a pleasure to hear from this “Santa like character” this morning. Taking a cue from the comments, he referred to himself as such and said that he and his family enjoyed the photo. Incidentally, he’s a traditional bookbinder, and here is a video that features him.

Have a beautiful weekend,

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Friday eReader

Here is our Friday eReader. This week, his son is holding "The Secret Life of Bees," by Sue Monk Kidd. It was a good week at the UNYPL, with memorable moments when shooting and when sharing..

Henry Chalfant photographed subway graffiti in the 70’s. To take his pictures, The NYTimes Lens Blog says,

"he would head to the Bronx in the morning, positioning himself on the uptown platform, with the sun to his back…" "…Then he would wait. As soon as a train pulled in, he would snap a frame, dash a few steps, take another frame and keep on until he had four or five shots of an entire car.

View the slideshow of his subway graffiti pictures in fullscreen here

Meanwhile in Denmark, they found a fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson. It might be the first one he ever wrote. It’s titled  ”The Tallow Candle” and you can read it here (via Mellville House). It’s a quick and sweet little story. The theme is timely for Hanukkah too; a happy one to you if you celebrate. 

In solidarity today.

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Here is our Friday eReader. This week the MTA is beside him. See all the Friday eReaders.  It was a great week at the UNYPL. Thank you for the experience, the meaningful messages, and the presence!

 NYC Past is a Tumblr with pictures of Old New York. Also, here is a video of Jay-Z riding the subway

Have a good weekend! 

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Here is our Friday eReader. This week she’s loving. It was a great week at the Underground New York Public Library. Pump Train is a game where you pump water out of the subways, like the MTA did after Hurricane Sandy. Also, here is a kid successfully commuting in different conditions.

Enjoy the weekend!

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Friday eReader

Here is our Friday eReader. This week she’s packed up. It was a great week at the Underground New York Public Library. Things are mostly back to normal underground, and the readers are back on their routes. 

Nick Abadzis has a Tumblr sketchblog of portraits and doodles. He often sketches fellow subway passengers, and this is his sketch of a subway reader (via Leslie Beslie). 

Also, here is a little poem by Emily Dickinson (via this isn’t happiness). 

Have a good weekend! 

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Here is our Friday eReader. This week he has a cup of coffee with him. It was an incomplete week at the UNYPL, as the subway system was regaining its rhythm after Hurricane Sandy. Despite it all, as the front page of today’s New York Times reported, the New York Subway Repairs Border ‘on the Edge of Magic’

Sebastian Errazuriz designed this I STILL LOVE NY t-shirt. 100% of profits from it go towards the much needed Hurricane Sandy relief programs (via newyorkwritesitself).

Have a nice weekend!

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Friday eReader

Here is our Friday eReader. This week she’s wearing blue pants. It was a great week at the UNYPL that brought in new characters, books, and moments. Tumblr was down for most of today though, so it was a quieter Friday without the usual Unknown Title.

A note to two women I photographed and spoke to on the platform, one reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and the other reading The Casual Vacancy: Your photos won’t be showing up because of a technical gaffe :( Thank you so much for the moments, anyway. 

Here is a library bus that goes around lending out books to remote townships in the outskirts of Denmark. (via Bjørn).

Have a beautiful weekend!  

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Here are our Friday eReaders. This week, the man on the left was reading “Moby-Dick,” by Herman Melville.  

For something lighter to read, I recommend “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” by Robin Sloan. It’s a little treat of a book for anyone who loves the world of books, type, technology, and inner magic, in equal measures. I read it last weekend in under five hours and felt it belonged in the Underground Library. Find it in your library here.

Here is 8 year old Stella Ehrhart who finds inspiration for what to wear every day to school by opening up the book 100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century. And here is the blog of another Stella, a beautiful woman of the 21st century.

Have a wonderful weekend! I’m back on Monday.

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Friday eReader

Here is our Friday eReader. This week she’s a kid. It was great to get back to the UNYPL after a Fall break. I was down with the flu this week though, which for the most part rendered me a librocubicularist. (I learned this word on Tumblr today via only a working title.)

The American Reader is a monthly journal of literature and criticism. They wrote about the underground library with some nice thoughts. Also, here is a depiction of a woman reading in the subway, made by John Sloan in 1926 (via The Metropolitan Museum of Art).  

Enjoy this weekend!

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Friday eReader

Here is our Friday eReader. This week she’s behind the window. It was a nice week at the UNYPL! If you read the September issue of NYLON magazine, look out for the Underground New York Public Library in the reader section.

I was moved reading these Excerpts from John Steinbeck’s diary while writing The Grapes of Wrath. Steinbeck had to push through his work in a way that i’m sure so many of us relate to (via Austin Kleon). So far, these are the works of John Steinbeck that have come in to the UNYPL. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Friday eReader

Here is our Friday eReader. This week he’s a member of the N.Y.P.D. Earlier today an Argentinian Street Photographer sent me this photograph, referring to it as his own “Friday eReader”. Check out the rest of his work here

It was a short week at the UNYPL as I was away for half of it. Here is the weekend again, and here is how it keeps going around

Have a good weekend!

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