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For Your Weekend Repository Browsing Pleasure: The Jazz Loft Project at the New York Public Library

Ithaca, NY The 1950s were a hopeful time in New York City. The arts were flourishing as former Life magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith began photographing Jazz greats such as Charles Mingus, Zoot Sims, Bill Evans, and Thelonious Monk in a run-down NYC loft. The resulting Jazz Loft Project photographs evoke a time when expansive musical experimentation matched the big cars people were driving out on Sixth Avenue. Browse highlights from this exhibit here: and visit other NYPL online treasures such as NYPL’s flickr photostream ( with links to the New York Public Library Digital Gallery providing “Free and open access to over 700,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library’s vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.”
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The library of the great city of New York ( is a world-class public and research institution with collections totaling more than 50 million items. Fascinating, significant and carefully-stewarded resources are available online and in 77 neighborhood branch libraries in three boroughs, along with live performances, readings, discussions and many other public services.