Is 10 years too long to wait for a neighborhood library? Some say yes, but that is how long it’s been since the first announcement that the Queens Public Library would break ground for a new location on the Long Island City waterfront.
The construction and permit delays have been a source of conflict with neighborhood residents, but with a confirmed opening date of September 24, 2019, most of the chatter is turning to excitement. With 13,000 residents and growing, and four proximate public schools, Hunters Point seems a natural spot to anchor itself with a large and functional public library. Early glimpses into the building indicate that the wait was well worth it.
Designed by Steven Holl architects, the unique structure features large windows in irregular shapes, allowing for natural light, and views of the East River and Manhattan to usher in on all sides. In a video on the Queens Public library site, Library manager, Euni Chang, tells us that the library is stocked with 50,000 books and is ready to become the center of the community.
We will definitely stroll over once the library opens its doors so we can get a look for ourselves. We are thrilled about this addition to LIC and can’t wait to be card carrying members of the Hunters Point Queens Public Library.