Starting a new chapter: Pols come up with funds to move C’Heights library into children’s museum

Two-for-one: City officials pledged $3.3 million in capital funding to cover the costs of relocating the Brooklyn Public Library’s Brower-Park branch to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in Crown Heights.
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It’s a novel combination.

The city is forking over $3.3 million to cover the costs of moving the Brooklyn Public Library’s Brower Park branch in Crown Heights into the Brooklyn Children’s Museum two blocks away, creating a two-for-one cultural hub where kids can check out books and artifacts from the museum’s 30,000-piece collection, according to the city’s chief culture officer.

“The state-of-the-art facility will give youth … the rare opportunity to not only read about art, culture, and science, but to see it, touch it, hold it, smell it, and experience it in whole new ways,” said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl.

Library honchos announced they wanted to relocate the book lender from its ramshackle digs on St. Marks Place between Nostrand and New York avenues earlier this year, claiming the rental property required $8-million worth of repairs including a new roof, heating system, and boiler, according to a spokeswoman. They chose the city-owned museum, which offered a snazzier space at a comparable rate, as its new home in February, but lacked the funds needed to make the move at the time.

A trio of pols including Mayor DeBlasio, Borough President Adams, and Councilman Robert Cornegy (D–Crown Heights) stepped in on Oct. 26, announcing that together they came up with the tax-payer-funded cash required to fund the relocation.

The library, which hosts events and classes for kids and adults, will remain open until the new space is ready sometime in 2019.

It will offer the same programs following its move, in addition to a new suite of around 20,000 titles geared mostly toward youngsters, but more mature patrons will have to make do with an abridged grown-ups’ section, according to a rep for the book lender.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum, which opened in 1899, was one of the first institutions of its kind to loan patrons items from its collection when it began delivering boxes filled with artifacts to local schools in the early 20th century.

Honchos expanded the lending program to include all museum members in the 1920s, according to a spokesman, who said the borrowing stopped when the institution moved out of its original building in 1965.

And staff are thrilled to reinstate the one-of-a-kind initiative following its about-50-year hiatus, according to the institution’s chief.

“Brooklyn Children’s Museum will resume its tradition of lending items from the collection, making it the only children’s museum in the world to offer this service,” said Stephanie Hill Wilchfort, the museum’s president.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:53 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Bait and Switch from Crown Heights says:
Watch to see which developer best friend of deBlasio's gets to buy the 'ramshackle digs' on St Marks Place bargain sheckel prices.

More of the same in Crown Heights where 'for the greater good' has become the disingenuous mantra. Savvy developers know their 'bestie' will help to make it happen....with a lot of help from the Borough Prez.

More displacement coming up...along with the Bedford Union Armory scam gifting the predator developer BFC...
Oct. 27, 2017, 11:17 am
Joe from Crown Heights says:
The Big Blaz progressive way of further gentrification of CH and the eradication of African Americans from the neighborhood. The progressive way of hidden racism.
Oct. 27, 2017, 12:04 pm
Morris from Mill Basin says:
Why is the actual Crown Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library not in Crown Heights? It is well south of Empire Boulevard. Whoever made this mistake needs to be killed.
Oct. 28, 2017, 6:49 am
Morris from Mill Basin says:
I think I need to be killed.
Oct. 29, 2017, 8:37 am

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