Shocker: ‘New York Public Library’ to Become ‘Schwarzman Public Library’

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My favorite building in New York, the New York Public Library, where I received much of my literary, journalistic, and political education, is being renamed after a buyout baron: the Stephen A. Schwarzman building. For a paltry $100 million gift. This is a scandal. Readers and lovers of learning must rise up against this now!

The New York Times coverage of the news is also shocking in its oily obeisance to Schwarzman. The Times suggests that it is common to rename cultural institutions after rich people. No–that’s football stadiums and basketball arenas. It hints there could be controversy over the library board’s decision without the reporter lifting a finger to find out about the readers’ reaction. Without going into Room 315 and talking to people like me who depend on this temple’s resources, how they feel about his name being "incised" on the outside.

Schwarzman made his money by retooling the American economy in the last 10 years, buying up Wisconsin hospitals and the like and making them more efficient, putting people out of jobs. Yes, call me a populist. I am. The NYPL is a populist/elite institution, free and open to lovers of learning, but warning with its every gesture and intonation that the stupid should stay away.

I’m shocked and upset. And again I say, My people are principals in American society. We are equal members of the establishment.

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  1. Oarwell
    March 11, 2008, 11:01 am

    Like putting his name on the New York Postal Express building. Of historical interest only.

    What was "York," anyway? The Vikings captured Eoferwic in 866, renamed it Jorvik, which was bawdlerized to York around 1000. The rest is nostalgia.

  2. Michael Blaine
    March 11, 2008, 11:02 am

    I think the federal government should start selling "naming rights" to its buildings, too:

    The ExxonMobil White House, brought to you by Goldman Sachs

    The American Express Washington Monument

    The General Electric House Office Building

    The Blackwater "Green Zone"

    Wal-Mart/Yellowstone National Park

    Temasek Intra-Coastal Waterway

    Michael Blaine
    http://www.rudelystamped.blogspot.com

  3. liberal white boy
    March 11, 2008, 11:59 am

    ExxonMobil White House thats a great name for the greaseballs currently occupying the place. Good job Blaine, I may have to steal that.

    Oh and Phil up is down and down is up when the man became the mannstein and when oppressed became oppressors.
    link to homo-sapien-underground.blogspot.com

  4. Ed.
    March 11, 2008, 1:00 pm

    In addition to $100 million gift, I wonder if Schwarzman also provided a "pro" to service Spitzer in order to get his name attached. Together they could set up a booth in the back section of the library (call it the Spitzer hole) and make money servicing patrons on study breaks.

    Just another in a long line denigrations that follow these types around like the plague. It almost seem to be their purpose in life.

  5. Jim Haygood
    March 11, 2008, 1:52 pm

    Sadly, the obsession with slapping surnames on everything in sight filters downward, so that in smaller towns one finds soccer fields, municipal annexes, even highway exits named after local grandees.

    One of the most obnoxious manifestations of this phenomenon is on modern college campuses, where every monumental new building has some wealthy donor's name chiseled into it.

    The highest form of charity is anonymous charity. Schwartzman may have wealth. But no amount of $100 million gifts can ever give him good taste.

  6. Val
    March 11, 2008, 2:52 pm

    Yeah, "your poeple are principals in society" – wonder how history will record their epic rise and what it meant to ordianry folk and old democracy. Terribly sad that bad money can do this to a great public institution. Where are jewish voices against this? NY Times? It's "my people" who bare the brunt.

  7. Jason
    March 11, 2008, 2:53 pm

    Hmm…..actually, it is very common for libraries to be named after people who give money. In fact, NYPL is already so named. It is actually The New York Public Library, Astor, Lennox and Tilden Foundation. And the perf arts library is named after the Cullmans, Schomburg is named after someone. It is a long tradition in NYC (go to any museum) with a combo of private and public funding for almost every institution. It may be tough, but it is what makes them great.

  8. Charles Keating
    March 11, 2008, 5:07 pm

    The arts–even in secular stone churches, temples, or mosques, always need their sponsers. It's a dual thing for the masses, any renaissance. It relies on expensive awe art, and the mass lack of time to contemplate. Everybody more aware relies on the fact most people have neither the time, nor the inclination, to check the pimples on the beauty figure.

  9. Chauncey
    March 12, 2008, 12:20 pm

    Fine. Schwarzmann will keep his money and the patrons of the library will have a lesser facility to use.

    I'm off to Carnegie Hall now for a show. Huh, that fucking Jew Carnegie!

    Before the show I'm going to stop off at Astor Place to get my hair cut. Huh, that fucking Jew Astor?

    After the haircut and the show I'm going to take the tram to Roosevelt Island. Wow,that fucking jew Roosevelt!

    What is it with those people?

  10. Charles Keating
    March 12, 2008, 3:06 pm

    Yeah, lots of immune goy peeps have been bought off. So, what's new?

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