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We've been critical of the NYPL in the recent past and we continue to be deeply skeptical about the stewardship of this institution. But we'll start today with something positive.

Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography, a show on now in the main building, pulls from the NYPL archives, all the way back to the earliest days of photography, to give an overview of street photography. Among the highlights, a parade of images along the 13 miles of Broadway in Manhattan. And 3-D buffs will like the Stereogranimator where you can create 3D images from the library's collection or your own, via Flickr.

While you're at the library, you might be planning to do some work at the Reading Room. You are out of luck. After plaster fell from the ceiling a year ago, the library said the Reading Room would be closed for about two weeks while they made repairs. Still closed, no word.

As Save NYPL asks, "Is a library with most of its books off site and with nowhere to read them a library at all?" The Rose Reading Room is not landmarked, and given the wisdom of the institution's current leaders, if it turns into an Apple store or a Century 21, don't say you weren't warned.

To get the full story to date, read Scott Sherman's new book Patience and Fortitude—Power, Real Estate and the Fight to Save a Public Library.

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