Residents question future of Brooklyn Heights Library artwork

The Department of Buildings has approved the demolition of the Brooklyn Heights Library, leaving many residents wondering what will happen to the artwork it houses.



The historic Brooklyn Heights Public Library at 280 Cadman Plaza West has been closed for a few years and is now slated to be replaced by a condo tower, with a new library on the ground floor.



Frequenters of the old library say they worry that a piece of Brooklyn history will be lost if construction means tearing down the artwork along the façade.



"Hudson Companies will carefully remove the reliefs and store them for the duration of the construction period," says Sophia Lowe, a spokesperson from the library. "And the Brooklyn Public Library expects to identify a location for them within the new development later this year."



Library officials tell News 12 that while they are modernizing, they are careful to respect the past.



 


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