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Oysters are one of New York Harbor’s best shots at clean water, as well as one of its best chances at protection from future storm surges. These are the same oysters New Yorkers have done their best to decimate with centuries of pollution and overconsumption. The oysters hold no grudges, however, and have returned to help restore the harbor, even if New York probably doesn’t deserve it.


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Kodiak bear and keeper, Bronx Zoo, December 18, 1905. The WCS historical photo collection is a priceless resource for exploring how animal care has changed over time. Photo © WCS.

Attention vintage photo buffs! A $16,674 grant from the New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials will clean and archive 12,000 glass slide and film photo negatives from the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium dating from 1899, when the zoo was founded to 1930. The Wildlife Conservation Society, which operates both locations, notes in a press release that the 12,000 negatives are just a portion of the 70,00o+ images in the collection. There is also a hope to eventually digitize the collection.


Library Nomad Hotel-Library Book Bar-NYCAdd NewThe Library at the Nomad Hotel has two floors of books to drink with

There are plenty of pubs where literary legends have drunk, but we’ve tracked down the best bars with books in New York City, so you can endure the freezing weather with booze in one hand and a good read in the other. 


Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton by John Turnbull. Image via Museum of the City of New York

This past Friday, February 5th, the Museum of the City of New York opened an exhibit on early American portraiture titled Picturing Prestige: New York Portraits, 1700-1860. Curated by Bruce Weber, the exhibit illustrates early New York’s growth as a city and arts capital featuring paintings of New York High Society, Titans of Industry, and some of our nation’s Founding Fathers. (more…)

fake book decoration-Grolier Club-NYC-Untapped Cities-Vera PenavicHanging wooden book bindings used as a prop in a school play. 

The Grolier Club, located on East 60th Street in Manhattan, is America’s oldest and largest society for bibliophiles and graphic art enthusiasts founded in 1884. Once you step inside, the reverent silence, almost library-like, cuts out the noise and bustle that defines Midtown. On the second floor is an interesting new exhibit that showcases “blooks”: book-looking things that can be anything except actual books. The exhibit, titled Blooks: The Art of Books That Aren’t, showcases the wonderful, antique collection of Mindell Dubansky’s book-shaped objects. (more…)

Skating in Central Park circa 1890.

Ice skating in New York City is one of those time honored winter traditions. Before the specially designed ice skating rinks like Bryant Park, Central Park and Rockefeller Center were built in the 20th century, skating was done on frozen ponds and lakes. The Lake in Central Park was labeled specifically as a “skating pond” on Olmsted and Vaux’s original Greensward plan.