Cool Library Event in NYC – The Floating Library (9/6-10/3 2014)

floating libraryGo check out this cool happening in NYC!  The Floating Library explains itself like this (quoted from their website):

“The Floating Library is a pop-up, mobile device-free public space aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship berthed at Pier 25 on the Hudson River in New York City for September 6- October 3, 2014. The people-powered library is initiated by artist Beatrice Glow and brings together over seventy participants to fortify a space for critical cultural production by pushing boundaries under the open skies that are conducive to fearless dreaming.The ship’s main deck will be transformed into an outdoor reading lounge to offer library visitors a range of reading materials from underrepresented authors, artist books, poetry, manifestoes, as well as book collection, that, at the end of the lifecycle of the project, will be donated to local high school students with demonstrated need. Ongoing art installations include a Listening Room that will feature new works by six sound artists in response to literature, site-specific paper rope swings, The Line, by Amanda Thackray, and Leading Lights by Katarina Jerinic in the Pilot House.”

pier25The ship will offer outdoor reading areas, a listening room, and many free activities (like roundtable discussion on the environment, politics, and culture).  Hours are:  Saturday & Sunday 2-7PM; Wed.-Fri. varied (check the website).

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What’s on the Menu? Exploring foodie ephemera with the New York Pulic Library

Food.  Growing it, storing it, cooking it, eating it, and collecting bits of its history.  It doesn’t matter, I’m interested in it all!  I tend to stumble across of lot of interesting sites on the internet that are dedicated to food culture.  Here’s my latest fascinating find.

The New York Public Library has a host of interesting websites, but the one I found is called What’s on the Menu?  It’s a collection of 45,000+ historic menus from the mid-1800’s to the present.  Each menu is presented as a high-quality scan that you can view, and if you’re feeling helpful, you can even assist with the library’s transcription’s efforts right through your web browser.  Sign up and you can help review transcriptions and get even  more involved in the database build.

NYPL Whats on the MenuAccompanying the site is the What’s on the Menu? Blog.  The latest posts include notes on train menus, the history of Chinese food in America, and even information on food history as related to the TV show Mad Men!

Do you know any other websites that have collections of food-related ephemera?  Share in the comments below!