The Seeds Of Knowledge
On October 5, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and the Queens Library dedicated a site for the new state-ofthe art library at Hunters Point in Long Island City. The $28 million library, approximately 21,500 square feet, was designed by renowned architect Steven Holl and will feature an environmentally friendly layout, a rooftop terrace and panoramic views of the New York City skyline. Van Bramer allocated several million dollars to complete funding for the library project. Since being employed by the Queens Library up to becoming the City Council Chair of Cultural Affairs and Libraries, Van Bramer has played an active role in helping make the Hunters Point Library a reality. Since being elected in 2010, Van Bramer has allocated a significant amount of funding toward the project which will expand the Queens Library’s services for millions of patrons. During the ceremony, Van Bramer, Marshall, President and CEO of the Queens Library Tom Galante and students from P.S. 78 planted “trees of knowledge” which will grow along with the new Long Island City library.