On July 28th, New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer was joined by Bridget Quinn-Carey, Interim President and CEO of the Queens Library, members of the institution’s Board of Trustees and community leaders to announce he has secured an additional $3 million to construct the Hunters Point Community Library. During the announcement Council Member Van Bramer and members of the community also displayed a model of the local branch revealing the new addition to Long Island City’s skyline.

With the help of Speaker Melissa-Mark Viverito, Council Member Van Bramer was able to secure the additional funding to build the new $33 million state-of-the-art branch in Long Island City – the first neighborhood branch to be built in Queens in over 20 years.

“For over 15 years I have worked to get the Hunters Point Library built and the additional $3 million I have secured solidifies our City’s commitment to ensuring this neighborhood has the state-of-the-art, full service library it deserves,” said Council Member Van Bramer. “As the neighborhood continues to grow this community hub will become a beacon of knowledge and information expanding access to generations Long Island City’s residents. I thank Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for believing in this project and working with me to ensure it has the funding it needs to be completed.”

“The City Council is proud to support and strengthen libraries across New York,” said Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “The Hunters Point Community Library will serve as a resource and community space for one of the fastest growing communities in Queens. I thank Majority Leader Van Bramer for his continued dedication to New York City’s cultural services.”

"The new library will be transformational, for the community and for the skyline. Queens Library is grateful to the many, many stakeholders and advocates who came together to move this important project forward, including Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. The new Queens Library is truly the work of many hands and many hearts," said Bridget Quinn-Carey, Interim President and CEO, Queens Library.

“The people of Hunters Point and Queens will be forever grateful to the Hon. Jimmy Van Bramer and the New York City Council for securing all the funds necessary to complete our Queens Library at Hunters Point,” said Mark A. Christie, President, Friends of Hunters Point Library. “This will be an iconic structure on our waterfront and the crown jewel in the Queens Library system that will be one of the greatest assets in our burgeoning community. Thanks to all members of the community who have been supporting us for all these years.”

“Now that we see our beautiful library rising along the East River, we celebrate this most important cultural and social anchor for our community,” said Jeff Foreman, Secretary for Friends of Hunters Point Library. “We also celebrate the great work and leadership of our Councilman, Jimmy Van Bramer, who never gave up even when our Friends of the Library group and so many in the community despaired this library would ever be built. Jimmy always fought for this library and for Hunters Point. The Hunters Point Library is truly the house that Jimmy built.”

Once complete the project will be located at Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue, next to Gantry Plaza State Park. The 21,500-square-foot branch which was designed by renowned architect Steven Holl will feature a reading garden, rooftop terrace, reading rooms for all ages, a gallery, performance space, a children’s area and sweeping views of the New York City’s skyline from the East River. Public service is expected to begin in 2017. Council Member Van Bramer has now allocated $6 million to complete the project.