Wednesday, June 27, 2012

It's lunchtime at the New York Public Library with new, free exhibition covering some 150 years of lunch hour

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Hot Dog Stand, West St. and North Moore, Manhattan. Berenice Abbott. Gelatin silver print, 1936. Photo: NYPL, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs. 1219152.

NEW YORK, NY.- The clamor and chaos of lunch hour in New York has been a defining feature of the city for some 150 years. Now, The New York Public Library explores New York’s relationship with the midday meal in Lunch Hour NYC , a free exhibition at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Organized in four thematic sections— quick-lunch, lunch at home, charitable lunch, and power lunch—Lunch Hour NYC reveals how the city's pace and people have influenced where and what we eat. From kitchen tables to cafeterias, oysters to Jamaican beef patties, the changes in lunch reflect demographic shifts, economic development, and the city's historic appetite for new foods. While some classics endure—the "power lunch" restaurant has been with us since Delmonico's set the standard in 1837—other features of the city's culinary landscape have transformed over the years, especially in respons ... More

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