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Brooklyn Central Library

Sector

Cultural/Historic

Service

Landscape Architecture

Client

NYC DDC / NYC DCA

Location

Brooklyn, NY

Status

Complete

Completion

2007

Site Area

16,500 SF

Architect

Benic Architects

Prominently situated on Grand Army Plaza, the Brooklyn Central Library resembles an open book with its spine at the main entrance on the plaza and its pages fronting the avenues. The building opened in 1941 and was designated a New York City Landmark in 1997. Renovation of the library's basement auditorium and associated waterproofing afforded MNLA the opportunity to refurbish the main plaza and bring it into compliance with current accessibility standards. The renovated 6,000 sf plaza serves as a welcoming front porch and reading area and has become a vibrant community gathering place. The plaza's many features include an outdoor performance space, generous seating with stone benches and cafe tables, landscaped gardens, interactive fountains, and seasonal planters.

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The plaza serves as a welcoming front porch from which to enjoy views of Prospect Park and Grand Army Plaza.

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