David Bjoerling Jensen


Subway Libraries

Here again, another post regarding literary enrichment while riding the rails of the New York City subway.  As the rise of electronic reading devices has begun to change the way we consume literature, three students from the Miami Ad School have come up with an ingenious idea to encourage readers to visit NYPL branch libraries to check out books.  That is, utilizing near field communication (NFC) technology, information portals are placed on certain metro cars that allow commuters to freely download the first ten pages of selected titles to their smartphone or tablet.  If further interested, the device will provide information on which nearest branch currently holds the title upon surfacing above ground.

This is a concept in the making, yet to be endorsed by the NYPL…


Patience and Fortitude

Flanking either side of the grandiose entrance to the New York Public Library, the stately library lions are two of New York’s most recognizable icons.  They were officially named Patience and Fortitude–character attributes he felt New Yorkers would need to sustain the Great Depression–by Mayor LaGuardia in the 1930s.

Patience, south of the main steps on 5th Avenue

Perhaps the symbolism behind the namesake of these statues serves as a timely reminder today…