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, December 13, 2018

What’s Your Idea of a $1,500 Ice Cream Sundae?- You Can Get One In The Luxury Hotel That Replaced The Donnell Library, Along With $500 Cocktails

What should a $1,500 ice cream sundae should look like?
What’s your idea of what a $1,500 ice cream sundae should look like?

The latest word on extravagance will hit close to home for library lovers– It’s that they are now serving $1,500 ice cream sundaes at the luxury Baccarat Hotel that replaced the Manhattan’s central destination Donnell Library.  Remember, the $500 cocktails?  Too rich for your taste?  Don’t worry, there is a cheaper cocktail you can get for $450.

Noticing New York covers all the details here (and you can see what a $1,500 ice cream sundae actually looks like):
Where Manhattan’s Beloved Central Destination Donnell Library Once Stood: $500 Cocktails, $1,500 Ice Cream Sundaes, And Dining While Sitting On Coyote Pelts
It’s a follow-up to Noticing New York’s November 2015 article about the sale of Donnell and the luxury condos and establishments catering to the wealthy that replaced it:

Priorities To Be Replicated?: Private Luxury Now Abounding Where Former Donnell Library Stood, A "Replacement" Library Is Nowhere In Sight.  (The article was written on the 8th anniversary of the library’s sale.)
Want to see what a $1,500 ice cream sundae looks like?

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