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Quirky Long Island City Library Finally Set To Open


Up and coming hotspot Long Island City is about to get a lot cooler thanks to the new futuristic-looking Hunters Point Library. The quirky new LIC spot has been several years in the making but is now set to open as early as this year.

The library, designed by Steven Holl Architects, is 81 and a half feet tall but it is its unique features that make it so unmistakable. The 22,000 square foot Hunters Point Library features cutout shapes that provide views of the Manhattan skyline. Views of which include the United Nations Secretariat Building and the American Copper Buildings, still under-construction.

The buildings design was revealed in 2011 but budget concerns and overspending stalled the project. But thanks to Dennis M. Walcott – a previous deputy mayor and schools chancellor – the project began construction last summer.

A rendering of the library courtesy of Queens Library

Holl’s design is looking to secure its place alongside the iconic Long Island City waterfront structures. It’s nestled in-between the Pepsi-Cola sign and the Long Island sign – at 47-40 Center Boulevard. The brand new public building and public park will bring community to the Long Island City waterfront.

The library’s cutouts will give a glimpse into the adult, teen, and kids reading area. Plus, it will have a cyber center, a roof terrace, outdoor amphitheater, and a café.

According to the Steven Holl website, “Glazed cuts in the façade grant users views toward the city as they move up a series of bookshelf flanked stairs. The main Manhattan view, perpendicular to the internal movement of the library, gives visitors to this small space a dramatic experience.”

Although Hunters Point Library has been years in the making, it’ll be well worth the wait.


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