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.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Reynold Levy- Head of Two Wolf In Sheepskin Library-Selling Foundations, President of the Robin Hood Foundation and Chair of the Board of the Revson Foundation

Mr. Reynold Levy on Charlie Rose, and left, his board member bio on the Revson Foundation website
Back in 2015, Noticing New York, in an article that tracked Sharon Greenberger and some of the other people involved in selling off libraries and public assets, took a look at the library-selling activities of the Revson Foundation and the consequently interesting composition of the Revson Foundation’s board.  See: Where Are They Now?: Sharon Greenberger, Evercore and the Revson Foundation- Selling And Shrinking NYC Libraries (Saturday, June 6, 2015).
Currently "chair" of the Revson Foundation?
Missed at the time, and who without precognition could know its relevance then, was Reynold Levy.  Reynold Levy, another board member of the library-selling Revson Foundation.  What makes this particularly interesting is that (appointed September 2015*) Mr. Levy stepped in to the role of president of the Robin Hood Foundation, which in January emerged as a prominent entity trying to bring about the sale for development of the Inwood Library.  Although the assertion does not match what is currently on the Revson Foundation website, Mr. Levy's bio on his own website says he is currently the "chair" of the Revson Foundation.  (On the other hand, the Revson Foundation's bio for Mr. Levy appears to be out of date in other key respects.)
(* Quite recently, belying its original press release appointing him and associated publicity, the New York Times reported that the appointment was “on a transitional basis.”  See: Robin Hood, Favorite Charity on Wall Street, Gets New Leader, by Elizabeth A. Harris, April 25, 2017.  Perhaps he was not the right image for a foundation promoting privatizing charter schools.- The Executive Director now newly heading Robin Hood is black.)
The Inwood community is not pleased that Robin Hood, the "favorite charity on Wall Street," wants to sell its library. In fact, there aren't any communities that are pleased about the way these real estate plans backed by the Revson Foundation and Robin Hood Foundation please developers and not communities. . .

. . . Is it maddening or just ironic to an ugly fault that one of Mr. Levy's claims to fame is that he authored a book whose short title is: “They Told Me Not To Take That Job”?

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