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The Library That Almost Wasn’t, Hunters Point Community Library

Libraries, all-too-frequently, are sadly neglected. They serve so many wonderful purposes. They are civil centers, repositories of information, waypoints of knowledge and are doorways to other worlds. What should be celebrated is often left to decay. Libraries for many, are their own personal Room of Requirement. In short, libraries are awesome.

The Hunter’s Point Branch of the Queens Public Library almost didn’t happen. Classic New York City problems, time and money:

Over the years, it became a poster child for the perils of public architecture in New York, as if the ambition of its design and not the city’s broken bureaucracy was to blame for the library’s extended timetable and escalating budget.

From the start, pea counters in the city’s Office of Management and Budget didn’t see why Hunters Point needed a big fancy library, notwithstanding all the new apartment towers going up, bringing in droves of young families. The pea counters held the project up. Delays raised costs.Over the years, it became a poster child for the perils of public architecture in New York, as if the ambition of its design and not the city’s broken bureaucracy was to blame for the library’s extended timetable and escalating budget.

Behold this stunning, marvelous, and albeit slightly self-indulgent piece of New York architecture.

Looking upon the library from Manhattan
The exterior
The interior is awash in warm sunlight throughout the day and has plenty of cozy corners to curl up into

The New York Times has some incredible stunning photography of the library. You can view all the photos here.