April 19, 2013
On April 19, Deputy Commissioner David Resnick spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation and expansion of the Kew Gardens Hills Library, in Flushing. The original library, opened in 1967, is a simple, single-story, glazed white brick structure. Once completed, the exterior of the new space will feature cast-concrete, folded roof (top image) and an angled glass façade, which will make the interior of the library visible to the neighborhood.
“We’re delighted to break ground on the expansion and renovation of the Kew Gardens Hills Library, which will transform nearly every aspect of the building and bring it up to modern standards. A bold new design will make the library more visible and accessible to the public — and at the same time enhance the civic presence of this longtime community hub,” said Commissioner David J. Burney.
The interior will feature new millwork for the information and reference desks, as well as the community room. It will also be reorganized to include a work room, an office, and four new restrooms.