Five Manhattan Libraries Receive $130K in Improvements

Branches from the Financial District to Northern Harlem Receive New Floors, Doors 

FEBRUARY 17 - Five Manhattan branches of The New York Public Library are receiving upgrades to improve accessibility and comfort for neighborhood users.  The library branches span from the Financial District to northern Harlem.

Macomb’s Bridge Library and George Bruce Library on the east and west boundaries of Harlem are in the process of receiving new resilient flooring to better accommodate users. The branches are expected to reopen at the end of the month.

The Webster Library on the Upper East Side, which was closed for two weeks and reopened February 9, received new carpet and the branch’s wood floors have been refinished. The branch’s neighbor - the 67th Street Library will close on March 28 for the day to be outfitted with new power-assisted front doors.

In the Financial District, the New Amsterdam Library is currently closed for two weeks to facilitate the installation of new durable vinyl floors. The branch is expected to open at the end of the month.

The improvements coincide with a comprehensive report released last fall by the Center for an Urban Future titled Re-Envisioning New York’s Branch Libraries. The report identified more than $1.1 billion of capital needs and extensively outlined the wide-ranging and essential work required at library branches across the five boroughs.

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