October 2, 2018

New library coming to a neighborhood near me


The view Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass

Ahhh, Dumbo. The Brooklyn neighborhood that Melville House calls home, and where we enjoy amenities like art galleries, a lovely riverside park, even a poetry shop.

Of course, like the rest of the burough it is the site of unending development, which is loud and inconvenient, and usually results in stripping us of these amenities and adding very little good.

But as Mengqi Sun reports for the Wall Street Journal the current wave of development will beget a Dumbo branch for the Brooklyn Public Library.

The branch would make 61 in Brooklyn, and will provide access to a neighborhood that can feel isolated from the rest of the city. The project is part of an ongoing effort of the burrough to invest more in expanding and updating its libraries.

Sun writes of this brightening future:

The development of the new branch is part of a larger wave of construction and renovation of existing Brooklyn library branches in recent years. More than one third of the system’s branches have recently been replaced or renovated or are slated to be updated soon. For example, libraries in Brooklyn Heights, Greenpoint and Sunset Park are scheduled to be rebuilt, and a new satellite facility is being planned for the cultural district around the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The Dumbo outpost is scheduled to open in 2020.

If you’re interested in the New York library system and / or Dumbo, then come visit us and pick up a copy of Scott Sherman’s Patience and Fortitude.



Ryan Harrington is a senior editor at Melville House.