SSSHH. LONG ISLAND CITY’S BRAND-NEW LIBRARY IS ALL ABOUT KIDS
There’s some rainy-day fun waiting at the end of a one-stop ferry ride from 34th Street.
Look across the river towards the cluster of apartment buildings that have been rising up at Hunters Point by the L.I.C. ferry stop and you’ll see a crazy-cut-out concrete shell. This playful, outward-looking concoction, with direct views of the United Nations (and American Copper’s dual towers), is the Queens public library system’s latest addition, designed by Stephen Holl Architects with special attention to the needs of children, teenagers—and their moms and dads. Construction is approaching completion and the library is scheduled to open for business early in the new year. It will be the perfect destination for a harassed parent—after a five-minute boat trip (children ride free!) to a cool new building, there’s lots of storytime and other organized activities to occupy the kids while you get a little down time. Whether it’s drizzling outside or not, there will be a reading rainbow just across the way.
WHERE THE CREATIVE CLASS GOES TO WORK: THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD, INDUSTRY CITY, BROOKLYN ARMY TERMINAL & THE NEWLY OPENED EMPIRE STORES