Celebrating the Old York Library

December 12, 2008 | The University

By the time the real estate investor and developer Seymour B. Durst died in 1995, he had filled most of his five-story townhouse on East 61st Street with more than 10,000 books, as well as thousands of photographs, postcards, maps and pamphlets. The collection, which he started in 1962, came to be known as the Old York Library. In 2000, it was turned over to the CUNY Graduate Center and is now open to the public by appointment. At an event entitled, “Reading Old York,” a group of celebrated New Yorkers, including Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Jimmy Breslin and cartoonist/playwright Jules Feiffer, gathered at the Graduate Center to read selections from the collection.

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