Iceland is a nation rich in both history and culture but it's unlikely to rank very highly among nations you'd expect to find ordering Steinway pianos in the 1940s. Yet it's curiously well-represented in two account books from the Historical Society's collections kept by longtime Steinway employee Ralph Tapp.
In one example, Asta Helgadotter [sic] of the Icelandic consulate on Madison Avenue ordered a reconditioned ebony model B grand piano in May 1944. The purchase was a substantial one, $1,700 paid in full...Read More
From 2000-2005, New York planned a bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympic games. It was New York City's first bid to host an Olympics and was managed by Daniel Doctoroff and his private non-profit organization, NYC2012. New York City was one of five candidates for the games but came in fourth behind London, Paris, and Madrid. Although New York City was a strong candidate, the bid was likely hurt by security concerns after 9/11,...Read More
The Library has recently acquired the Raymond Germann Photograph Collection, a great addition to our collection of documentary photography of contemporary New York City. With over 300 images of NYC from 1978 to 2015, the collection captures views of the ever-evolving cityscape and examines the intersection of architecture and street life.
Below is a selection of Germann's photos that highlight the geometry of the built environment. The focus on lines, curves, shadows, and repeating patterns provides a different perspective on familiar places, allowing us to see the city...Read More
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