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Illuminating New York City for Celebrations
November 5, 2013

This post was written by Marion Holland, Intern at the Library Digital Project Many present-day New Yorkers and visitors to New York City see the Empire State building, lit up with multi-colored electric lights to celebrate events from holidays to sports team victories, as a symbol of the city.  Even before there was electricity, special…

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Egypt on Broadway
September 19, 2011

Many New Yorkers are likely unaware that a collection of ancient Egyptian items once resided on Broadway near Astor Place. From 1853-1860 the Abbott Collection, displayed as the Egyptian Museum, was located at the Stuyvesant Institute at 659 Broadway.  Dr. Henry Abbott was a British physician who lived in Cairo for over 20 years and…

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