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Over the next ten years, “Brooklyn’s newest neighborhood,” Pacific Park (formerly known Atlantic Yards) will rise from a long strip of excavation rubble, smack-dab in the center of Park Slope, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Prospect Heights. It will be a hub of 15 mixed-use towers extending from either side of Barclays Center, covering  22 acres (eight of which will be privately-managed public open space) and including 6,430 apartments, and 14,000 brand new residents. “Brooklyn’s newest...
The idea that a single book can encapsulate the essence of any place might feel reductive, especially when the place in question is Brooklyn. Even so, a new project sponsored by the Brooklyn Public Library is launching this year, and has gathered an illustrious panel of Pulitzer Prize journalists and luminaries from the literary world to select a book that best represents Brooklyn's elusive spirit, whatever that may be. Selecting a winner for the Brooklyn Literary Eagles Prize should elicit debate about...
In the digital age, photo albums from generations past, decaying VHS tapes, and other analog artifacts of personal and cultural heritage are at risk of getting lost to time. Somehow, invisible bits of data have come to seem the more reliable option for preserving history, leaving those without access to digitizing platforms at risk for a kind of erasure. Culture in Transit, a new program run by the Metropolitan New York Library Council in partnership with Brooklyn...
Last June, New York City's public library system (comprising the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Queens Public Library) was awarded the largest funding increase in the mayor’s annual fiscal budget in the city’s history. The additional allocated $39 million for fiscal year 2016 was met with cheers from library officials, who also praised the de Blasio administration’s proposal of $300 million in capital funds for libraries to be rolled out over...

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