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."
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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.