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Community Children Plant Trees of Knowledge During Ceremony to Dedicate Site for New Queens Library at Hunters Point

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Galante, President & CEO of Queens Library, talks with OurLIC about the special relationship between the Queens Library, the business community, and residents.


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Community Children Plant Trees of Knowledge. US Congress Member Carolyn Maloney assists Isabella Anzalone

 


Tom Galante, President & CEO of Queens Library talks with OurLIC about the special relationship between the business community and residence and the Queens Library

 

 

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Ed Sadowsky; Trustee of the Queens Library, former NYC Council Member, and long resident of Long Island City; delivered an inspirational speech.

Ed Sadowsky; Trustee of the Queens Library, former NYC Council Member, and long resident of Long Island City; delivered an inspirational speech. Saying it was a "homecoming for him", he said "We promised that this site, perhaps one of the most important in the world...on the East River across from the United Nations, would be a library." After reviewing the fourteen year history of the site during the development of Queens West, Sadowsky quoted Assemby Member Cathy Nolan who said that "This was a test of Democracy." He continued "This is what Democracy is all about. The only way that you get to what you want is to have an aroused citizenry. The community here was simply extradordinary....and is proof that Democracy does work after all." He said "We did it!" After fourteen years of advocating for this library, Sadowsky added that "It must be completed in my lifetime."




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Long Island City, NY October 5, 2012 -

Community leaders, elected officials, members of Friends of the Queens Library at Hunters Point, and residents turned out in full force to dedicate the site for the new Queens Library to be built on Parcel 8 land adjacent to the Gantry State Park.



Library customer service for this fully funded contruction project is expected to begin in the summer of 2015.

Ed Sadowsky; Trustee of the Queens Library, former NYC Council Member, and long resident of Long Island City; delivered an inspirational  speech.  Saying it was a "homecoming for him", he said  "We promised that this site, perhaps one of the most important in the world...on the East River across from the United Nations, would be a library."  After reviewing the fourteen year history of the site during the development of Queens West, Sadowsky quoted Assemby Member Cathy Nolan who said that "This was a test of Democracy."  He continued  "This is what Democracy is all about.  The only way that you get to what you want is to have an aroused citizenry.  The community here was simply extradordinary....and is proof that Democracy does work after all." He said "We did it!" After fourteen years of advocating for this library, Sadowsky added that "It must be completed in my lifetime."

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Representative Carolyn Maloney, New York State Senator Michael Gianaris, New York State Assembly Member Catherine Nolan and Commissioner David Burney of the New York City Department of Design and Construction were among the government and community leaders who dedicated the building site of the new Queens Library at Hunters Point at Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue today. Children from P.S. 78 planted "trees of knowledge" so they could watch them grow, as their new library grows.

 

The new library building will serve the new residential community that is growing up on the East River in Long Island City. The library will be approximately 21,500 square feet. It is being designed by award-winning architect Steven Holl. It will have an emphasis on environmental education. Features will include library areas for children, teens and adults, and a communal reading garden. It is being designed to be eligible for LEED Silver certification.

"I am delighted to be here today, as we build for the future on the site of a new community on the East River. Since becoming Borough President, it has been my pleasure to both support and bolster our library system. That's why I have provided more than $117 million for library buildings, expansions and improvements. A library is a key to education and this Hunters Point branch will unlock opportunities for a new generation in a fast-changing world. It is my privilege to join my colleagues in government and the private sector, along with the community, to take another step forward in Hunters Point as we move on to the future."

"Today, we are making a major leap forward toward bringing millions of Queens Library patrons a modern facility that will become a crown jewel in one of the nation's top public institutions," said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. "Not only will this new state-of-the-art library increase the amount of services and resources provided to readers throughout the borough but it will also change the way we interact with our libraries in the future. I am proud to have been a part of this project. From my time at the Queens Library up until becoming the New York City Council's Chair of Cultural Affairs and Libraries. I have helped see this project through for a developing community that is becoming one of our City's top destinations. I want to thank the Queens Library for having the foresight in seeing into the future of Long Island City and recognizing that this community would eventually become what it is today."

"Libraries are the heart and soul of our communities and that's why I was pleased to secure more than $72,000 in federal funding for a new branch of the Queens Public Library in the vibrant, growing Hunters Point neighborhood.  A library becomes a focal point for people to gather, a place where they can participate in programs, where children can discover the joy of reading and older people can check out the latest best-seller.  I am thrilled that the long-dreamed of, long-awaited library will soon become a reality," said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.

New York State Senator Michael Gianaris said, "The Queens Library at Hunters Point will be a Long Island City landmark, increasing community space and enriching our waterfront. With the flood of families moving to Long Island City, this library will be an excellent addition to our community's family-friendly environment, including Gantry State Park and the Vernon Boulevard Dog Run. I look forward to celebrating the library's opening and seeing all our children, families and friends enjoying this beautiful new space."

"The New Hunter's Point Library is a welcome addition to the community and will serve as a great resource for residents of all ages" said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan.  "As our community grows in Hunter's Point and Long Island City, this new library is much needed and will help to bring the great educational programs that the Queens Library has to offer to this community. I want to thank Queens Library President and CEO Tom Galante for his dedication to this library and look forward to continuing to work with Queens Library on this wonderful addition."

"The new Hunters Point Library is one of the most exciting public building projects in our city and will be an icon on the East River waterfront for generations to come.  In addition to its truly compelling design by architect Steven Holl, the new library will provide adult, teen, and children's reading areas, and ample space for community programming and events.  We at DDC are proud to work with our friends at the Queens Library and at all levels of government to deliver this terrific new asset for the western Queens community," said David Burney, FAIA, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction. 

"The new Queens Library will be a beacon for the whole neighborhood. So many concerned community members came together with education-minded elected officials to move this project forward. I look forward to seeing the library grow," said Thomas W. Galante, President and CEO, Queens Library.

"We, the Friends of the Queens Library at Hunters Point, have been working for years, hoping that the library would become a reality. We hope the library will become the heart of this extraordinary community," said Dr. Don Dodelson, President of the Friends.

The total funding for the new library is $28.6 million. Funding has been provided by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Representative Carolyn Maloney, New York State Senator Michael Gianaris, New York State Assembly Member Catherine Nolan, New York State Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Queens West Development Corporation and the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Queens Library is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and is not affiliated with any other library. Queens Library serves a population of 2.3 million in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U.S. and has among the highest circulations of any public library system in the world. For more information about programs, services, locations, events and news, visit the Queens Library web site at www.queenslibrary.org or phone 718-990-0700. Queens Library. Enrich your life(r).

 

 

 

For more information, please contact:

Joanne King, Director - Communications
Queens Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11432
Office: 718-990-0704

Community Children Plant Trees of Knowledge
Community Children Plant Trees of Knowledge. US Congress Member Carolyn Maloney assists Isabella Anzalone
Tom Galante, President & CEO of Queens Library talks with OurLIC about the special relationship between the business community and residence and the Queens Library
(L) Joe Conley, Chair Community Board #2 (C) Cathy Nolan, Assembly Member (R) Michael Gianaris, NYS Senator helps to plant Trees of Knowledge at ceremony to dedicate site for new Queens Library at Hunters Point
Photograph Courtesy of Dominick Totino Photography 151-30 18th Ave Whitestone, NY 11357 (718) 767-2367 (718) 938-2712 cell
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