Sunday, September 30, 2007

Fighting to save the Elmhurst Library

The Elmhurst Community Library, a Georgian Revival building on Broadway and 51st Avenue in Queens, lacks the architectural splendor of New York’s more famous libraries. No stone lions guard its steps; no fluted columns bolster its facade.

Seeking Protection for a Library With a Fabled Past

But some buildings are prized for their heritage more than their looks. That may partly explain a recent wave of enthusiasm for protecting the Elmhurst building and 56 others known collectively as the Carnegie Libraries.

Photo from NY Times

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Elmhurst has already been f----d over royally!

So why bother to save the pinky
on an amputated hand ?

Because each little piece of our heritage
is worth fighting for or we'll be giving it all up .....
bit by tiny bit.....until there's none left!

Anonymous said...

Hey no problem. We now have a Queens head for HDC.

We can expect them to do lots of email blasts to cover Queens topics, right?

Anonymous said...

I think it would be great if they can save the key architecture of the existing structure and expand it at the same time.

mazeartist said...

I agree. Manhattan's Hearst Tower is an example of an expansion built atop a landmark building.

Anonymous said...

they wouldn't be needing to expand all these neighborhood libaries if they stopped stocking half the shelves with romance novels, videos, and pop music cd's. Libaries are for learning, not for entertainment. Leave the fun and games to Blockbuster.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes.....
and all those volumes of "ethnically appropriate"
reading material!

No habla Ingles.

jerry rotondi said...

Wake up you lazy slugs at the

LANDMARKS
PROCRASTINATION
COMMISSION....

designate this worthy site!

Anonymous said...

Yeah.....
tied to the mayor's apron strings Tierney....
how about it ?