Coney Island Library reopens for first time since Sandy

The library cost $2.6 million to rebuild.

The library cost $2.6 million to rebuild. (10/23/13)

CONEY ISLAND - The Coney Island Library reopened today for the first time since it was destroyed last year by Superstorm Sandy.

The library on Mermaid Avenue flooded with 5 feet of water during last year's storm.

"We felt a lot of pressure to get all of our libraries up and open before the one-year anniversary," says Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO Linda Johnson. "There is sort of this need to put the storm behind us."

The new library features original wood from Coney Island's boardwalk built into its ceiling. The renovations cost $2.6 million and were funded with insurance, city and private funds, as well as FEMA money.
 

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