Why Is New York City Planning to Sell and Shrink Its Libraries?

Defend our libraries, don't defund them. . . . . fund 'em, don't plunder 'em

Mayor Bloomberg defunded New York libraries at a time of increasing public use, population growth and increased city wealth, shrinking our library system to create real estate deals for wealthy real estate developers at a time of cutbacks in education and escalating disparities in opportunity. It’s an unjust and shortsighted plan that will ultimately hurt New York City’s economy and competitiveness.

It should NOT be adopted by those we have now elected to pursue better policies.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

PHOTO GALLERY- CDL's Library Protection Week

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Above, video of the culminating City Hall event of Library Protection Week produced by the Comptroller’s Office: Comptroller Liu criticizes sell-off of libraries to real-estate developers (Apr. 18, 2013) - best viewing available by going to Comptroller's YouTube video.  Additional video of that City Hall event and other events that week is going up at Citizens Defending Libraries Youtube Channel where some segments are already available, see: , see: Sen. Montgomery Requests Comptroller Liu Audit Library Sell-Offs, Assemblyman Kellner Pledges Library Oversight Hearings Absent Full Disclosure, John Liu Speaks in Brooklyn Heights About Library Sell-Offs — Part 1, Brooklyn Heights Library Rally — Letitia James, Brooklyn Heights Library Rally — Sal Albanese, Sen. Velmanette Montgomery Defends Brooklyn Libraries — Part 1.   The Committee to Save The New York Public Library participated in presenting this event.

Monday, April 15, 2013: Citizens Defending Libraries outside the Central Reference Library at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, the site of the NYPL's planned expensive consolidating Central Library Plan shrinkage were the NYPL, effectively decommissioning the Central Reference Library, plans to soon rip out the famed research stacks.

Saturday, April 13, 2013: Citizens Defending Libraries outside the Brooklyn Heights where in a deal closely replicating the reviled 2008 closing of Manhattan's beloved Donnell Library in a sale-for-shrinkage plan, library officials are rushing to push forward a sale for shrinkage before December 31, 2013, the last day of the Bloomberg administration.  More pictures from that day available here from photographer Jonathan Barkey.  Video is available at Citizens Defending Libraries Youtube channel.
Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese and City Council Member Tish James
Saturday, April 13, 2013: Citizens Defending Libraries outside the Pacific Branch library the very heavily used library that was the first Carnegie library to open in Brooklyn. Yards away from the deeply subsidized "Barclays" arena it is one of the two libraries in Brooklyn next Forest City Ratner property that the BPL wants to sell first (the other is the Brooklyn Heights library).  The BPL has admitted that it wants to sell its most valuable libraries first.  More pictures from that day available here from photographer Jonathan Barkey.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013: Citizens Defending Libraries at the site of the former Donnell Library, closed suddenly in 2008 for sale and shrinkage after secretive planning by the top management of the NYPL.  The new library will be one third the size.  There will be some ground floor space (the ground floor that was formerly library space with library floors above it will now be shared with a hotel and luxury condominium) the rest of what replaces the old Donnell will be underground.   The NYPL sold the library for less than the luxury penthouse in the new 50-stry building replacing it is being marketed for.  To build this small replacement library, the NYPL is spending only one third of what that apartment is being marketed for.  The Donnell Library that was demolished, reminiscent in design of Rockefeller Center (the land came from John D. Rockefeller) had been expensively renovated with a new auditorium, a new media center and a new teen center.
On right: Ed Hartzog, candidate for City Council in the 5th District
Thursday, April 18, 2013: Culminating event of the week, a Press Conference at City Hall where Comptroller John C. Liu criticized the sale and underfunding of libraries.  The Press Release for the event and a list of those who spoke is here: April 18, 2013 Press Release: City Comptroller John C. Liu Criticizes Underfunding and Sell-off of NYC Public Libraries to Private Real Estate Developers.
Comptroller John C. Liu amidst Citizens Defending Libraries
Comptroller John C. Liu, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblyman Micah Kellner

The City Hall event was covered in the New York Times on line: City Hall Protestors Rally Against Sale of Libraries, by Robin Pogrebin, April 18, 2013.  (It may still be possible to comment.)  Atlantic Yards Report also covered it in which the pictures below appeared: Friday, April 19, 2013, At City Hall yesterday, a rally to stop the planned sale of libraries in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Comptroller John Liu
Assemblyman Micah Kellner
Carolyn McIntyre of CDL
Sal Albanese at right
CONTACT: To contact Citizens Defending Libraries email Backpack362 (at) aol.com.

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 Visually oriented?  You might also be interested in the following:
•    PHOTO GALLERY: May 8, 2013 Rally on Day of NYPL Trustee's Meeting

•    PHOTO GALLERY: June 3, 2013 Vigil At Central Reference Library Protesting Loss of Our Cultural Patrimony- Evening of NYPL Fund-Raiser

•    VIDEOS: Available videos pertaining to the Citizens Defending Libraries (Including Videos of •    Elected Officials and Candidates Expressing Their Views On Saving Libraries From Sell-offs)

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