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Elected officials to hold press conference at Hunters Point Library site, formally announce its construction

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Jan. 28, 2015 By Christian Murray

A press conference will be held Thursday to announce the construction of the Hunters Point Library.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, library officials, local families and business owners will meet at Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue at 9:30 am to announce that the project has been funded and that construction will soon begin.

The 21,500-square-foot library will be located at Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue, next to Gantry Plaza State Park. The project will feature a 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’s skyline from the East River.

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Anon

Exactly! There’s a library in the Citi building that is currently expanding. We don’t need any more high rises in Court Square.

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OAR

Amadeo Plaza,
There is a library although small, in the citi building and the correct name is Murray Playground not park. Unfortunately I don’t think we will get any new parks, since any vacant land is used to build more high-rise buildings.

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Amadeo Plaza

Happy to see HP getting a real community based amenity in addition to the parks. But with the stripping out of the aluminum facade, it doesn admittedly look a bit like a futuristic prison. We’ll see how it shapes up, but it’s a good thing for the community either way. Now let’s get something for Court Square. All we have is Murray Park… :-/

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Mark

From the ground up to the rooftop terrace, one will find something to enrich and nourish the mind in this building . This should have been the first amenity to be built in this western Queens development and finally after 15 years ,or more for some, the people of Hunters Point will have a center to gather and to welcome all to our community . Please come join our Friends of Queens Library at Hunters Point and make this the most exciting space to learn in.

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Doreen

I so look forward to the completion of this project. It is a wonderful addition to our neighborhood.

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Oar

Wow, we are getting an asset for our neighborhood that isn’t a bar or restaurant and the two comments are negative. Yes, the design had to be changed a bit but it will still be better than another glass highrise. LIC Res it’s free to go into a library. I know I look forward to going and sitting outside on the rooftop and reading a book.

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anonomus

Its not free!! Look at your tax bill. And if you rent it will show up in your landlords tax bill and surely be passed off to you

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David

Does the neighborhood even need a library in the age of Amazon.com and eBooks? Another restaurant or bar would have been a great addition to the waterfront area. I would even have rather seen another glass high rise to build more consumer potential for new businesses to service the neighborhood.

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LIC Res

I fail to see the point of a rooftop terrance with panoramic views, if the building is adjacent to a public park with free panoramic views.

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Michael

Very excited to see some world class architecture come to the neighborhood, and better yet, to have a new library to use. Can’t wait!

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David

I guess an uninspired cinder block is a appropriate homage to a former industrial area with a cement factory.

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