Shortly after it opened, your correspondent visited the new temporary Brooklyn Heights Branch Library, located in the social hall of Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral at 109 Remsen Street. As you can see from the photo I took, the entrance from Remsen requires climbing several steps, and there is no ramp. According to the Brooklyn Public Library website the temporary library is “fully accessible”, with the instruction, “Please enter via ADA entrance by driveway off Henry Street.” News 12 Brooklyn reports that “[o]pponents of the controversial Brooklyn Heights Library sale” have argued that it “is not properly accessible.” The News 12 piece quotes library patron Justine Swartz as saying she finds it dangerous to use an entrance “that’s also used as a driveway by church employees.” Addendum: Ms. Swartz has pointed out in a comment to this post that her primary concern is with the condition of the driveway itself–heavily potholed and cracked, and therefore difficult to navigate with a walker (or, presumably, in a wheelchair or scooter)–rather than with the traffic on the driveway.
Brooklyn Heights Temporary Library Accessibility Questioned
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