A group shot of our local elected officials, community members, library lovers, and students at PS 78Q. Gotta love all those smiling faces.
This morning I ventured over to Center Blvd and 48th Ave to listen to Jimmy Van Bramer and friends talk about the new Hunters Point Library and how construction is going to start this year! The official groundbreaking will be later this year, likely in the spring. It was great to see so many in the community come out on this chilly day, and even better to hear that this project is truly on track to opening—current plan is for the library to open its doors in 2017.
While chilling at Sweetleaf before the press conference, I ran into Jason Banrey, Jimmy Van Bramer’s Deputy Chief of Staff, and asked him what in particular was so special about this library (full disclosure: as the daughter of a former children’s librarian and having spend my life in libraries, I believe all libraries are special), and he said that it’s the first one in Queens in 20 years to be built from the ground up (not repurposing an already established building). And then there are the amazing views it will have, right on the East River with only Gantry Plaza State Park between it and the river. Here’s its location in LIC:
And the view. NICE.
I loved Jimmy’s comment about how this location will make it easy for kids to stop by the library on the way home from school or head over during their free time. The hope is to make it a real community center, a “home away from home of school.” I also agree with Mark Christie, who has been part of the Friends of the Library for years, that libraries should be one of the first things put in place when developing a neighborhood. So glad this one is on its way to becoming a reality.
We’ll sort of miss this whimsical fence covering:
But having a real deal, awesome library is going to be even better. Stay tuned—we’ll check in with the groundbreaking later this year.