2015-05-27 / Features

Van Bramer Helps Fund Hunter’s Point Library


City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, New York City Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora, Interim President and CEO of the Queens Library Bridget Quinn-Carey, and local families broke ground on the institution’s newest branch, the Hunter’s Point Community Library, in Long Island City. City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, New York City Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora, Interim President and CEO of the Queens Library Bridget Quinn-Carey, and local families broke ground on the institution’s newest branch, the Hunter’s Point Community Library, in Long Island City. On May 16, local families joined City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, New York City Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora, Interim President and CEO of the Queens Library Bridget Quinn-Carey, in breaking ground on the institution’s newest branch, the Hunter’s Point Community Library, in Long Island City, the first neighborhood branch to be built in Queens in over 20 years.

Councilman Van Bramer has played a pivotal role in helping secure part of the nearly $30 million to begin construction for Queens Library’s newest state-of-the-art branch. Once complete the 22,000- square-foot, state-of-the-art library, designed by renowned architect Steven Holl, will be located at Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue, next to Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City. The new library will serve the new residential community that is growing up on the East River in Long Island City. The project will feature a public art installation, reading garden, rooftop terrace, reading rooms for all ages, a gallery, performance space, a children’s area and sweeping views of the New York City skyline from the East River. Customer service is expected to begin in 2017.

“The new Hunter’s Point Community Library is an example of our commitment to expanding access to free services and vital programming that have uplifted Queens residents for decades,” said Chair of the Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee Jimmy Van Bramer. “For over 15 years I have worked with the Queens Library to shepherd this project to this glorious day. With the $4 million I secured we will create a brand new state-of-theart beacon of learning in the heart of a growing community that has long deserved its very own neighborhood branch.”

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