The Little Free Library in Nolita

The Little Free Library in Nolita


Today’s Daily What?! is the Little Free Library in Nolita on Prince Street between Mott and Mulberry Streets. 10 such lending libraries, all of different designs were launched over IDEAS City weekend in New York May 4th. The Little Free Libraries are the product of a design competition launched by the Architectural League of New York and PEN World Voices Festival. And it’s not just in New York City, here’s a Google map of their locations all of over the US.

The winning designs favored “local architects, innovation and the use of sustainable or recycled materials,” according to Vivian Yee in The New York TimesWhen we visited, the homage to the yellow submarine intrigued a lot of passerbys, who would first peer in, then excitedly enter. Some left flipping through new books.

Untapped Cities reader, Jeanice, posted an Instagram to our Untapped Photo Pool (just hashtag #untappedcities on your photos) saying, “As promised, it’s little, it’s free, and there are books.”

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