Brooklyn Heights resident/Noticing New York blogger Michael DD White takes an in-depth look at the Brooklyn’s library woes. A public hearing was held earlier this week.
Noticing New York: The property being sold in Brooklyn Heights is not actually an asset of the library. At the meeting in Brooklyn Heights this week Mr. Nachowitz said the building has been managed in such a way that it now needs $9 million dollars in capital investment, but if the building is sold that money goes to the city and it is already established that the Bloomberg administration has a policy of cutting back on library spending. There is a theoretical promise that the library system will be allowed to have more funds if this deal is consented to by both the library system and the public but that promise is unenforceable. Even if a pot of money X is put on deposit somewhere, money is fungible and, as with parks (see Parks Commissioner Benepe’s remarks), the city can take away with one hand what it gives with the other.