Not all libraries are created equal, even libraries in the same borough of the same city. The Aguilar Library in East Harlem and the Washington Heights Library sit a mere four miles apart in northern Manhattan. Both are mainstays of their community and proud neighborhood establishments. But the similarities end there.
Step inside either building, and the differences could not be more obvious. The Aguilar Library’s thin-looking collection of books is spread out on half-filled shelves, and patrons regularly wait for up to 45 minutes to use one of the library’s four PCs. Daylight struggles to enter the main floor through four large windows, giving the room a dank feeling. At the Washington Heights facility, the library’s bookshelves contain a myriad of books fill the shelves in neatly arranged rows. Sunlight spills through the beige window shades and illuminates the bright green couches and suave red chairs. The light fills the room so much that the institution’s ceiling lights are hardly noticeable. What is noticeable, however, is this: 50 computers waiting idly for patrons to use them.
Read more: A Tale of Two Libraries | NY City Lens.
Gallery, Film and Party by Emmanuel “Dj Boy” Abreu Fundraiser
April 13, 2014
3-6pm – Gallery Reception and Screening
6-9pm – Party with Live Dj
Drinks and Snacks will be provided.
Gallery and Screening are free to enter.
$10 Suggested Donation for entry to Party at 6pm
Exclusive RSVP ONLY THROUGH INDIEGOGO
$15 entry to party PLUS a 4×6 FRAMED PRINT!
You can pay in advanced by visiting the indiegogo page and choosing the “Let’s Party!” perk.
Last year a strip of Broadway in upper Manhattan was renamed Juan Rodriguez Way. But most New Yorkers know little about this unsung hero. We want to change that.
Organic Magnetics is raising $12,345 to rewrite history. Let’s make sure future generations know that New York City’s first immigrant was a freedom fighter!
I Am New York: Juan Rodriguez tells the story of NYC’s first immigrant – a mixed race man from La Hispaniola who came to Mannahatta on a Dutch ship in 1613, and chose to stay. A live theater installation from director/choreographer Maija Garcia, co-written by Armando Batista with original music by Daniel Bernard Roumain, I Am New York imagines the story of Juan Rodriguez – its up to you to create the legacy
REWRITE HISTORY: Make a tax-deductible donation now! Your generous contribution offers students across NYC a sense of pride in their heritage.
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Photography by Wallace Flores (@opus1ny)
By Robert Sietsema Named after a fort built for Continental Army troops commanded by George Washingt
Words: Led Black – Video: Nelson R. Salcedo – 2nd Camera: Art By Dj Boy – Photogra
When diagnosed with breast cancer, Eileen Z. Fuentes, a Columbia University employee, experienced ca