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  City Hall Library Notes, February 2006


New York City has been the subject of works of art as well as a mecca for art and artists. In the City Hall Library collection, the user will discover an interesting mixture of resources on art and artists. This article will describe just a few.

New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970 by Henry Geldzahler was published as a companion volume to an exhibit of the same name at the Metropolitan Musuem of Art. Included are reproductions from the exhibition catalogue of works by artists like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Koonig, Jasper Johns and others along with explanatory essays by art critics. The focus of the exhibit was the New York School of artists which encompassed the styles of abstract expressionism, pop art and minimalism among others.

SoHo: the Artist in the City by Charles R. Simpson profiles the development of the South of Houston Street or SoHo neighborhood in Manhattan as an artistic community and center. Artists began moving into lofts in the 1950’s. The author describes the artists’ battles to preserve their works and living spaces, changes in the neighborhood, family life, redevelopment and zoning and the rising cost of real estate.

The Art Commission and the Municipal Art Society Guide to Manhattan’s Outdoor Sculpture by Margot Gayle and Michelle Cohen, published in 1988, offers information for both the visitor and resident on where to view and enjoy various sculptures in Manhattan. Organized by neighborhood, this guide gives information on the name of the work, artist, what symbols or figures represent, date constructed and style.

A city agency publication of historical interest is Catalogue of the Works of Art Belonging to the City of New York, prepared by the Art Commission in 1909 and 1920. Paintings, murals and sculptures that could be found in various municipal buildings and facilities are photographically reproduced in the catalogue along with details such as creator, description, when presented to the city, wording on the inscription. The 1909 volumes cover eighteenth century to 1908, and the 1920 catalogue updates the collection to December 1919. Another catalogue in the collection is of the First Municipal Art Exhibition, sponsored by Mayor LaGuardia at the RCA Building in Rockefeller Center from February 28 to March 31, 1934. Admission to the exhibit was 25 cents.

Vertical files on art, sculpture and statues also provide further glimpses into the fascinating world of art and artists. One example of what you may find in these files is a brochure describing twelve paintings picturing scenes from Washington Irving’s Diedrich Knickerbocker’s History of New York. The paintings were designed for the Jacob Ruppert Collection by the artist Lumen Martin Winter to commemorate the 300th anniversary of New York City. City Hall Library offers a unique collection for the researcher, artist or art lover to use and enjoy.


The following publications were received by the City Hall Library in the month of January. Additional government publications can be found online in our Government Publications section.

Berman, Barbara J. Cohn.
Listening to the public: adding the voices of the people to government performance measurement and reporting. New York: Fund for the City of New York, 2005.

Citizens Union.
A work in progress: the 2005 mid-term “report card on reform” for New York State government. January 2006.

Citizens Union of the City of New York.
Making votes count: Citizens Union Foundation Election Reform Project. Project report: 2004 poll worker recruitment program. New York, 2004.

Citizens Union of the City of New York.
Principles of Council reform: ideas for a more democratic and effective City Council... January 2006.

Food Bank for New York City.
Attitudes towards hunger in New York City: how New Yorkers view hunger. 2003.

Food Bank for New York City.
NYC hunger view 2004: affording food in a year of recovery. 2005.

Food Bank for New York City.
NYC hunger view: September 2005.

Food Bank for New York City.
Partnerships working together can end hunger in New York City. 2003-2004 annual report. 2005.

Good Jobs New York.
Loot, loot, loot for the home team: how the proposal to subsidize a new Yankee Stadium would leave residents and taxpayers behind. February 2006.

Interstate Environmental Commission. A tri-state water and air pollution control agency. Annual report, 2005.

National Center for Schools and Communities.
2005 straw poll of New York City education activists. New York: Fordham University, December 22, 2005.

N.Y. City. Comptroller.
Audit report on the compliance of Brooklyn Baseball Company, L.L.C. (Brooklyn Cyclones) with their lease agreement (January 1, 2003—October 31, 2004). January 27, 2006.

N.Y. City. Comptroller.
Audit report on the development and implementation of the automatic City Register information system by the Department of Finance. January 27, 2006. (Report no. 7690)

N.Y. City. Comptroller.
Audit report on the financial and operating practices of the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. December 30, 2005. (Report no. 7689)

N.Y. City. Council.
Empty cupboards: New Yorkers at risk of hunger face continued barriers to food stamp enrollment. January 2006.

N.Y. City. Council.
Speaker Christine Quinn’s address to the City Council. January 4, 2006.

N.Y. City. Council.
Watch your wallets: what New Yorkers should know about credit cards. A staff report to the Committee on Oversight and Investigations and the Committee on Consumer Affairs. December 2005.

N.Y. City. Education, Department of.
Annual financial statements of the Department of Education for the fiscal year ended on June 30, 2004 and June 30, 2005.

N.Y. City. Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of.
Health of homeless adults in New York City. A report from the New York City Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene and Homeless Services. December 2005.

N.Y. City. Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of.
Summary of vital statistics, 2004.

N.Y. City. Investigation, Department of and N.Y. City. Department of Finance.
Preliminary report of the Joint Task Force charged with eliminating corruption in the Real Property Assessment Unit of the New York City Department of Finance. August 2002.

N.Y. City. Investigation, Department of and N.Y. City. Department of Finance.
Joint Task Force charged with Eliminating Corruption in the Department of Finance’s Real Property Assessment Unit. Final Report. January 2004.

N.Y. City. Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Fieldston Historic District: designation report. 3 vols. January 10, 2006. (Designation list no. 370)

N.Y. City. Mayor.
Mayor Bloomberg delivers 2nd inaugural address. January 1, 2006.

New York Public Interest Research Group.
Prescription for savings: the high cost of prescription drugs for uninsured New Yorkers and what can be done about it. January 2006.

N.Y. State. Attorney General.
Staffing levels in New York nursing homes: important information for making choices. January 2006.

N.Y. State. Attorney General. Charities Bureau.
Report on September 11th charitable relief. An overview at one year. September 2002.

N.Y. State. Comptroller.
Compliance with ADA requirements: New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. December 28, 2005. (Audit report 2004-N-6)

N.Y. State. Governor.
State of the State. Speech by Governor George E. Pataki. January 2006.

Orfield, Gary and Chungmei Lee.
Racial transformation and the changing nature of segregation. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Civil Rights Project, January 2006.

Spaulding, Shayne.
Getting connected: strategies for expanding the employment networks of low-income people. New York: Public/Private Ventures, 2005.

U.S. Government Accountability Office.
9/11 Commission report: reorganization, transformation and information sharing. Testimony before the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives. Washington: August 3, 2004.

U.S. Government Accountability Office.
September 11: more effective collaboration could enhance charitable organizations’ contributions in disasters. Washington: December 2002.

U.S. Government Accountability Office.
September 11: overview of federal disaster assistance to the New York City area. Washington: October 2003.

U.S. Government Accountability Office.
September 11: small business assistance provided in Lower Manhattan in response to the terrorist attacks. Washington: November 2002.

U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Small Business Administration: SBA followed appropriate policies and procedures for September 11 disaster loan applications. Washington: August 2004.

Urban Justice Center. Homelessness Outreach and Prevention Project.
A better recipe for New York City: less red tape, more food on the table. January 2006.

Wexler, Richard.
Don’t turn back: reform has made New York’s children safer. An analysis of trends in New York City child welfare…. Alexandria, VA: National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, January 18, 2006.

Youdelman, Sondra and Paul Getsos.
Wages work! An examination of New York City’s parks opportunity program (POP) and its participants. New York: Community Voices Heard, March 2004.

Youdelman, Sondra with Paul Getsos.
The revolving door: research findings on NYC’s Employment Services and Placement System and its effectiveness in moving people from welfare to work. A research project of Community Voices Heard, July 2005.

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