LPC Calendars Seward Park Library for April 2 Hearing

Posted on: March 25th, 2013 at 6:18 am by

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As previously reported, the Seward Park branch of the New York Public Library is up for landmark consideration. The Landmark Preservation Commission voted to calendar the Renaissance Revival building late last year, and recently scheduled the public hearing for next Tuesday, April 2.

The origins of the Seward Park Library institution date back to 1886 when the Aguilar Free Library Society opened a branch here at 192-194 East Broadway. Two decades later, in 1909, the four-story red brick building opened to the public. The facility boasted a circulation of 425,571, which was the highest of any other NYPL at the time. Given its position in the city ecosystem, this one seems like a shoe-in for preservation. Let’s hope the city agrees.

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To ensure this happens, click this link for a ready-made email to Chairman Tierney. Or show up at the hearing:

April 2, 9:40am
Municipal Building, 9th floor North, One Centre St. at Chambers St.

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