Brand Spankin' New: Battery Park City Public Library


A new public library branch opened in Battery Park City this week and is holding opening celebrations today. March 18, 2010. Besides being a beautiful, light and spacious facility, the new Battery Park City NYPL branch was constructed with a focus on environmental sustainability and will be the first GREEN Library in Manhattan.


The library has a large children's area with a bank of computers, lots of comfortable seating and a large collection of books, videos, audio books and games that can be borrowed. There are separate young adult and adult reading areas and the upstairs has a quiet reading area as well as a multipurpose programming room.

Library Hours
The Battery Park City Library will be open: Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grand Opening Celebration
The Battery Park City Library is hosting a grand opening celebration on Thursday, March 18th with kids crafts and a raptor birds of prey program. I expect these programs will be very crowded tomorrow, but nobody that I spoke to in the neighborhood knew about them, so who knows. Check our event calendar for full details of the events.


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Some of the features contributing to the branch’s environmental efficiency include:

  • an efficient technologically advanced low-energy heating/cooling system
  • low-flow sanitary fixtures which reduce water consumption
  • low-energy lighting system
  • use of recycled and renewable building materials including a wood floor constructed with off-cuts from window frame manufacture, carpets constructed from old truck tires, millwork made from recycled cardboard composite, and terrazzo with recycled glass and mirror aggregate
  • the inclusion of a dedicated area for the collection and storage of all recyclable materials accumulated during the day to day operations of the branch
  • use of a large number of the products that are low emitting in order to help the overall indoor air quality.
Fort Hamilton Independence Day Fireworks
US Army Fort Hamilton - SGT. Deon L. Taylor Field - 4:00 PM Pick
Picnic Performances in Bryant Park
Bryant Park - 7:00 PM Pick
Movie Nights at the Garden: Men in Black (PG-13)
Queens Botanical Garden - 7:30 PM Pick
Carl Schurz Park Cherry Grove - 7:00 PM Pick
Movies Under the Stars: Respect (PG-13)
Abraham Lincoln Playground - 8:30 PM Pick
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