Bohemian treasures at the Jefferson Market Library's Greenwich Village Collection (Vanishing New York)
Proposed relocation of BPL Business Library & sale of building to developer (Brooklyn Daily Eagle) .
BPL President and CEO Linda Johnson told the Wall Street Journal that $230 million in deferred maintenance throughout the system is an "albatross around our neck."
"It's bad," Johnson said. "The condition in our libraries varies from mediocre to poor."
To the extent that branches are closed instead of repaired, some of that liability would evaporate.
Johnson told the Journal that some library real estate could be sold or leased to developers, although she declined to elaborate. Revenue from real estate deals might be directed to branch relocation or digital expansion.
The Brooklyn Heights branch, adjacent to the 19-story One Pierrepont Plaza, sits on one of the few available development sites in Brooklyn Heights and is outside the restrictive Brooklyn Heights Historic District."