After a rigorous selection process, eight extraordinary Post-Doctoral researchers have been chosen for the Charles H. Revson Senior Fellowship in Biomedical Science! Please welcome our Revson Fellowship class of 2015-2017!
Winners Announced for the 2nd Annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards
New York, NY – May 21, 2015 – The Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Charles H. Revson Foundation announced last night the five winners of the 2nd annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, which celebrate the crucial role of local libraries…
New York Libraries Pt. IIII: Denying New York Libraries the Fuel They Need
NEW YORK TIMES — Suppose you guess where people spend at least some of their time in the city. For instance, what attractions draw the most visitors? A. Major museums, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, American Museum…
New York Libraries Pt. III: Boost city funding for New York’s public libraries
NEW YORK POST — No one in politics is against public libraries — yet somehow, New York City has cut funding for them by nearly a fifth over the past decade. Funds slashed in the wake of the 2008 meltdown haven’t…
New York Libraries Pt. II: Bill deGuardia: The right way for de Blasio to honor the New Deal legacy is to rescue aging public housing, hospitals, libraries and more
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS — When Bill de Blasio set off for Washington last week to unveil a Progressive Agenda to rewire the rules of economic engagement and enable broadly shared prosperity, he proudly invoked the legacies of two great New Yorkers…
New York Libraries Pt. I: New York City’s Libraries Need Money
NEW YORK TIMES — New York’s public libraries want about $1.5 billion from the city over the next 10 years so they can fix their buildings, which are old, crowded, falling apart or lacking in things they need to be useful…
The Brian Lehrer Show: NYC’s Best Libraries
One week from today, the winners of the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards will be announced. Two of the judges, Jacqueline Woodson, who won a 2014 National Book Award for her young adult memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, and Maira Kalman, author and illustrator…
Library Funding is Behind the Times
An analysis by the Center for an Urban Future, a Revson grantee, finds NYC’s public libraries are open fewer hours than libraries in nearly every large county in New York State and the majority of library systems in the nation’s largest cities.
BALANCING BOOKS BY ABANDONING LIBRARIES
Revson’s President, Julie Sandorf, discusses the extraordinary response to the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards and why NYC should invest in its public libraries.
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2nd ANNUAL NYC NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY AWARDS ON WNYC’S BRIAN LEHRER SHOW
WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show announced the 10 finalists for the second annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, sponsored by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Charles H. Revson Foundation. These 10 finalists were selected based on a rigorous review of over 13,000 nominations from library users across the City. In May 2015, five of the 10 finalists will win $20,000 each for outstanding service to their communities.
CO-DIRECTORS OF THE OPPORTUNITY FUND FOR CIVIC SERVICE WIN AWARD
Meytal Brown Mendelewicz and Hila Marmos speak about the Fund’s vision of a more inclusive Israeli society for young adults as they accept the 2015 JJ Greenberg Memorial Award at the Jewish Funders Network International Conference in Tel Aviv.
Make New York City’s Libraries a Higher Priority
Revson President, Julie Sandorf, cites the changing role of libraries in New Yorker's lives, an essential part of the community that desperately needs extended hours and improved facilities.
What You Need to Understand about This Place: Talking with Frederic Brenner
Frédéric Brenner explains the coordination of 12 artists for the collaborative project, “This Place,” featuring a diverse group of photographers with only one commonality: the geographic area of Israel and the West Bank.
5 Design Concepts for New York’s Branch Library of the Future
CUF, in partnership with the Architectural League of New York, presents a study of possible designs to improve New York's branch library system. A recent public showcase offers glimpses at New York's library of the future.
The Carnegie Compact Revisited: Re-envisioning New York City’s Branch Libraries
Revson President Julie Sandorf's editorial for Philanthropy New York calls for a re-commitment to New York City libraries, extending hours, strengthening infrastructure, and making the libraries central to city development plans.
Modern Public Libraries Might Help Renters Afford NYC
At CUF event, five design teams present ideas for the future of New York’s branch libraries. Concepts showcased sleek, modern buildings that team libraries with affordable housing.
2014 NYC Neighborhood Library Awards Launch on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show
Revson and Stavros Niarchos Foundations are co-sponsoring the 2nd Annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. The nomination period is open from November 7th through December 12th.
CUF Report Highlights Urgent Needs of New York City Branch Libraries (Wall Street Journal)
The Center for an Urban Future report highlights the immediate and long-term needs of NYC libraries, pushing for a reformed funding system, expansion, and redevelopment.
Capital New York on CUF Report: Neighborhood Libraries Indispensable
CUF report finds New York City local libraries increasingly important to communities while infrastructure and development needs remain unmet.
“Are NYC’s Public Libraries Falling Down?”
WNYC's Brian Lehrer interviews David Giles and Jonathan Bowles from the Center for an Urban Future about the state of NYC branch libraries, in comparison to other city systems.
“Re-envisioning New York’s Branch Libraries”
A newly released report analyzes NYC public library branches’ capital needs and offers a blueprint for how to address the maintenance crisis.
My Library Is: New Yorkers Share what they Love about their Neighborhood Branches
Featuring excerpts from nominations submitted for last year’s NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, "My Library Is" illuminates the myriad ways that public libraries enrich communities — in New Yorkers’ own words.
New York Magazine features short film about NYC’s public libraries
Created by filmmakers Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks, this Revson-funded documentary highlights the many unexpected ways the city’s libraries enrich New Yorkers’ lives and strengthen the social fabric of communities.
Rising Rents Leave Artists Out in the Cold
The New York Times talks to Spaceworks’ Paul Parkhill about the lack of affordable studio space for artists in the five boroughs.
In Branch Libraries, Fewer Books but High Demand
Many of the city’s branch libraries feature half-empty shelves, reflecting budget constraints more than changing readership demands: since 2002, citywide circulation has grown by nearly 60 percent. Part of the City Limits series.
Budgets cut, but NYC’s Libraries Thrive–For Now
City Limits launches an ongoing project looking at the potential for New York’s libraries to fill a critical gap in our civic infrastructure, as well as the challenges and difficult choices the library systems face
The New York Times’ David Gonzalez Discusses the Libraries’ Budget Challenges and Dysfunctional City Funding Process
Gonzalez visits the NYC Neighborhood Library Award-winning Sheepshead Bay Library, a branch that provides invaluable services to many immigrants in the neighborhood despite years of decreased city funding.
City Council holds hearing on capital construction needs of New York City’s public libraries
In this testimony before a City Council hearing, Revson’s president, Julie Sandorf, makes a case for why the capital funding process for New York City’s public libraries should be reformed.
Julie Sandorf in the New York Daily News: New York City lags far behind other cities in investing in its public libraries
It’s always easier for political candidates to seek credit for something new, but the best solution is to build on a system that has been proven to work, that New Yorkers already rely on and care deeply about — their libraries. If the mayoral hopefuls truly prioritize results, they should propose offering more support to our public library system.
NYC Neighborhood Library Award winners announced
Congratulations to Corona, Macon, New Dorp, Seward Park and Sheepshead Bay! Listen to the managers of these winning branches discuss their work on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show.
Albor Ruiz writes about the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards in the New York Daily News
“These nominations reveal the passion that New Yorkers have for their neighborhood libraries,” said Foundation president Julie Sandorf. “Our libraries promote and reflect the promise of our city — evening the playing field for millions of New Yorkers who seek self-improvement.”
2013 NYC Neighborhood Library Award Winners Announced
The Charles H. Revson Foundation announced the five winners of the first-ever NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, the culmination of an initiative that resulted in 4,310 nominations from New Yorkers. The five winning libraries, each of which received $10,000 at an…
Finalists announced for first-ever NYC Neighborhood Library Awards on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show!
Over 4,300 New Yorkers submit nominations — an extraordinary response that yielded ten finalists from across all five boroughs.
Queens Library’s Bridget Quinn Carey and Queens New Americans patron Farhana Yasmin talk to WNYC’s Brian Lehrer about public library services for new immigrants
Plus, listen to AdrianaBlancarte-Hayward share her story as an immigrant from Mexicowho went from attending her library’s English language learning programs tomanaging a branch.
WNYC’s Brian Lehrer discusses the challenges facing NYC’s public libraries with the presidents of the New York, Queens, and Brooklyn Libraries
Linda Johnson, TomGalante, and Anthony Marx talk to Brian Lehrer about the myriad servicesprovided by public libraries on which New Yorkers increasingly rely, even aslibrary budgets contract due to shrinking city funding. Nominate your branch for an NYC Neighborhood Library Award and it could win $10,000!
Revson launches the first-ever NYC Neighborhood Library Awards on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show
Five branch libraries throughout the five boroughs will each receive $10,000 in recognition of the outstanding service they provide to their communities. Listen to Revson’s Julie Sandorf and Lincoln Center’s Reynold Levy discuss the need for such an award with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer.
NYPL President Anthony Marx Discusses E-Books, Libraries, and Democracy in the New York Times
"Over a quarter of New York City’s 8.2 million residents borrow books from the city’s three public library systems. For those who cannot afford to buy downloads, digital books from libraries are essential to improving literacy, civic engagement and the technological facility necessary for economic success."
Four Revson Grantees Make the 2013 List of Most Influential Rabbis
Every year, The Daily Beast shines a light on fifty American rabbis who are "influencers on a grand scale [and] effective at bringing ideas, innovations, and inspiration to large numbers of American Jews."
Pi Roman Interviews Center for an Urban Future’s David Giles on MetroFocus
“[M]ore and more people are going to libraries to better themselves intellectually, and to pick up the skills they need to succeed in this economy.”
Makers: Women Who Make America Airing Tuesday, February 26 at 8 PM Eastern Time on PBS
Mark your calendars and don’t miss this documentary film about how women have helped shape America over the last 50 years.
Critic Michael Kimmelman tweets about “Branches of Opportunity”
The New York Times’ architecture critic Michael Kimmelman gives a shout-out to the Center for an Urban Future’s "Branches of Opportunity" report on New York City’s public libraries on Twitter.
NYC Micro-Unit Design Winner Announced
The apartment of New York City’s future has all the amenities of modern life: wheelchair-accessible bathroom, a full kitchen, space for entertaining and access to a gym, communal lounge, front and back porches and a rooftop garden — all in 370 square feet.
WNYC’s Brian Lehrer interviews David Giles about Libraries’ Role in the Digital Age
David Giles, research director at the Center for an Urban Future and the author of the report, "Branches of Opportunity", argues that New York City’s public libraries deserve even more support in today’s electronic era.
The Bronx’s use of libraries is fastest-growing of all boroughs
Circulation at library branches in the Bronx reached 5.36 million in 2011, while 347,859 people in the borough attended education programs, ranging from computer literacy classes to GED prep programs.
Branches of Opportunity in The News: New Yorkers Rely on the City’s Public Libraries
Over 40 million visits were paid to the New York, Brooklyn and Queens systems in 2011, more than the combined attendance at all the city’s professional sports games or major cultural institutions.
Mobile Library Bus Provides Books and Comfort to Rockaways Residents in Sandy’s Aftermath
The Rockaways still look like ghost towns. But the community libraries are there—if only in the form of a bus, parked in front of the gutted, muddy Peninsula branch.
CHPC’s “Making Room” Project Becomes Reality
Project becomes reality with New York City’s "adAPT NYC" competition: The WSJ and Crain’s report on enthusiastic response to call for micro apartment designs.
Revson Trustee Cheryl Effron Profiled in The Wall Street Journal
Ms. Effron has helped to spearhead "Love a Library," a day of service to happen on September 22 at library branches across New York, Brooklyn and Queens.
Revson’s Emily Milder and Nessa Rapoport in Smart Assets
Women continue to be underrepresented among tenured researchers in the hard sciences. Now Israel has developed a tailored intervention to address the disparity.