Brooklyn public library branches damaged by Hurricane Sandy are reopening, starting with the Sheepshead Bay branch today, reported The New York Daily News. Brighton Beach will open in a week, Gravesend Jan. 28, Red Hook in February, and Gerritsen Beach sometime in the spring. The damage was so severe at the Coney Island branch on Mermaid Avenue, pictured above, that it is not slated to reopen until October, a year after the storm. “We had to demolish the whole first floor. It had extensive water damage. It was a mess,” Brooklyn Public Library Neighborhood Services Director Linda Portera told the Daily News. “We will rebuild it.” Meanwhile, independent of Sandy, big upgrades and changes are planned throughout the Brooklyn Public Library system, according to The Wall Street Journal. But it’s not because of declining interest — quite the contrary. Since 2002, circulation has gone up 77 percent and visits have increased 41 percent. The library is facing $230 million in deferred maintenance costs, and plans to release its strategic plan today, the Journal said.
Storm-Ravaged Brooklyn Libraries Begin to Reopen [NY Daily News]
Library Eyes New Page [WSJ]
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Bushwick’s Swallow Cafe has just opened a second location at 493 Driggs Avenue between North 9th and North 10th streets in Williamsburg. It opened Saturday and serves coffee, tea, sandwiches and pastries. There’s a short bar that will soon have a few stools under it. The otherwise nondescript storefront has a little hand-painted sign with […]
Yup, another incredible house on Arlington Place is for sale. The Renaissance Revival brownstone at No. 5 was built by George P. Chappell in 1887 and was a Building of the Day in 2012. It’s next door to the Crooklyn house, which sold for $1,700,000 in July. The house at No. 1, previously an SRO and delivered […]