NYC Treasures

Gothamist is highlighting items from the New York Public Library's first-ever permanent exhibition, The Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library's Treasures, which showcases items spanning 4,000 years from the Library's research collections. The objects and the stories behind them are meant to inspire, spark curiosity, and encourage deeper thinking about our history and world—we'll be publishing one NYC-related object a day throughout September, and you can see everything at

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Here's the first page of a manuscript draft for Riis's book How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York.

“What Bearden wanted to do is show the beauty of the city. People looking out the window. The bustle of the streets. It’s a reflection of urban life."

On a strip of green tape fastened to the back of the painting Warhol wrote, probably with a black Sharpie pen: "To Truman Love Andy ’78."

The design is attributed to Peggy Boone and incorporates the blue and orange of New York’s City flag adopted as the fair’s signature colors.

From Saul Steinberg, the artist who created the iconic “View of the World from 9th Avenue" New Yorker cover, here's an interpretation of this Greenwich Village corner in the 1500s.

“It’s almost a documentary—you get a sense of just her voice as a radical storyteller."

This script, revised on October 6th, 1947 and used by Kazan, bears many annotations and is the only known surviving script of his from the production.

“I submit this as my idea of an appealing commercial cover expressive of the book," Kerouac wrote.

This drawing is just one document of the millions which fill over 2500 boxes comprising the New York World’s Fair 1939-1940 Incorporated records.

This speech is likely from 1960, and it's suggested he is talking to younger people as he says he “expects a great deal from this generation.”