A good method to scare the impressionable youth of Brooklyn away from the library is to treat them like wanted criminals. Is an overdue book something that should go on your permanent record? The city’s public libraries don’t think so: they launched a new program yesterday that will give amnesty on fines for overdue or lost books and dvds for all patrons under 18, WNYC reports.The idea is to lure back the 35,000 young people whose accounts have been blocked due to fines of $15 or more. “Those folks were not coming to the library because their fines were keeping them away,” president of the New York Public Library, Anthony Marx, said according to WNYC. This “New Chapter” program runs through Oct. 31 at Brooklyn, Queens and New York public libraries, giving you kids plenty of time to stock up on some fo the best library reading of all time before Halloween. As for you adults: return your books! What kind of example are you setting?
One of the more commonly held themes (maybe even beliefs) about New York is that it is a pit of loneliness, where you can never feel more isolated while surrounded by millions of people. 30 Rock encapsulated New York’s uncanny ability to grind you down perfectly here. This can feel like a shitty city, especially during […]
Hot take: Halloween isn’t for everybody. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great holiday. It just favors creatives and DIY experts to a fault. Many people are Hallo-wise enough to start planning their costume for the following year on Nov. 1. — and if you’re one of those people, more power to you! — but that leaves the rest […]
Loitering has been a problem for coffee shop owners for so long that we’ve gone through several cycles of addressing it in New York City. First came limiting laptop hours and eliminating outlets, then things like timed wifi. Britcom hit Fleabag skewered the annoying laptop camper in its inaugural season this summer, which means it’s far from just an American […]