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    Brooklyn Eagle
    From ‘Leftover Wedge’ to Arts Library: Architect Expands Plan

    by Dennis Holt (Holt@brooklyneagle.net), published online 01-06-2006
    http://www.brooklyneagle.com/categor..._id=27&id=4649

    Register to read article and view images. Also, I think Enrique Norten's website added some more images.

    http://www.ten-arquitectos.com/brooklyn.html

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    I'm glad this project hasn't been pushed to the sidelines.

    Theater for a New Audience will also occupy the site.

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    The challenge for that project, as I might have state before, is the stretch of abysmal buildings across the street from it. It is easily the filthiest stretch of Flatbush Avenue. There is a Human Resource Administration / Social Services Office across the street. The folks who work and visit have a perfect 100% average for completely missing the garbage cans when tossing their trash. Those building, of course, are the only ones without Massey Knakal signs on them along Flatbush Ave.

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    This is going to be great:
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    I think it's going to be a while before this project starts. Work is currently underway on an infrastructure project that has that wedge tied up for a while.

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    Here's Rafael Vinoly's proposal, it's also stunning.
    http://www.rvapc.com/ht/HTProject.as...cts&projID=275

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    That would make for an impressive structure.

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    There were a few projects on display over the weekend at a former church (Fort Greene House Tour), this was one of them. There were several renderings and a few models, looked like evolving study models. I can see myself in the space between this and the Theatre for a New Audience... I'm getting antsy for construction.

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    Downtown Brooklyn sure needs some help.

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    The next twelve months we'll see some new height in the skyline. There's ALOT of development going on, but there's a resistance to HUGE and a resistance to building spec commercial space.

    All of the designs for this library so far have been impessuve, but that area is going to need MUCH more to make it attractive.

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    Kiss their glass! Library still in trouble

    By Ariella Cohen
    The Brooklyn Paper


    An artist’s rendering of the proposed Arts Library.

    Brooklyn Public Library officials reportedly said this week that their efforts to raise money for an iconic, $135-million glass-walled performing arts branch have failed — and that the project can’t go forward at this point.

    Crain’s New York Business reported that a “library insider” made it clear that “the project will be saved only if a partner comes along to finance the building.”

    Readers of The Brooklyn Paper are well aware of the library’s ongoing inability to get donors jazzed up over the Enrique Norten–designed Visual and Performing Arts Library, a bow-shaped structure that would be built on a city-owned triangle bounded by Flatbush Avenue, St. Felix Street and Lafayette Avenue.

    But this is the first time that the library has publicly stated that the project cannot be done without a private partner.

    “We don’t have the funding right now and are looking [to other organizations],” said library spokeswoman Stefanie Arck.

    The arts library is a main feature of the city’s plan to surround the Brooklyn Academy of Music with a Lincoln Center–style campus that includes new housing and cultural institutions.

    Arck said that the BPL would consider sharing the Fort Greene lot with a partner.

    “We are open to considering all kinds of partnerships at this point,” she said.

    Last year, The Brooklyn Paper reported that library trustees approached developer Bruce Ratner, a longtime BAM trustee, about funding the facility, which would be located just a few blocks from his $4-billion Atlantic Yards mega-project.

    But those talks apparently went nowhere.

    When the library design was unveiled in 2002, officials predicted the building would cost $75 million and open in 2005. Last year, the price tag ballooned to $135 million, and groundbreaking was pushed back to 2009.

    The call for partners has again put that groundbreaking on hold — but Arck emphasized that the library has not “scrapped” the project.

    Councilwoman Letitia James (D–Fort Greene) remains a critic of the project, no matter who is funding it.

    “There are many existing libraries that need air-conditioning, computers, more books and more staff to keep them open seven days a week,” James said. “Until resources are given to make those improvements, we should not build a new library that will only serve the needs of a few.”

    ©2007 The Brooklyn Paper

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    Default for once, I agree with letita james, but probably for different reasons

    Brooklyn already had a library, and its full on spectacular at that. Plus, libraries are becoming less important in the modern digital age. 135 million could be put to better use.

    What they should do instead is build a Cirque du Soleil theater or similar venue, to help attract people to Brooklyn. But I'd like to see it be a private sector, self supporting use like the aforementioned Cirque.

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    Actors still learn their trade from scripts. Set-designers still look at detailed drawings. Music is still orchstrated on paper. The Brooklyn Library at Flatbush & Eastern Parkway is a grand place, but wholly unequipped for this type of collection. The loss of this libray is a serious blow to creating a credible "cultural" district. Every city has some sort of performing arts district or facility. This would have created a center for study as well.

    All the "big plans" for Brooklyn continue to to get dumbed down in one of the biggest "bait and switch" scams ever unloaded on a public.

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    Brooklyn Rider is accurate in his assessment. Folks travel into the city specifically to go to the Library at Lincoln Center. The Brooklyn Library would be a similar specialized resource within an already recognized cultural magnet. Local s will utilize it, and it will draw additional visual and performing artists to the area. Will the BAM cultural district make progress towards its goals, or should we settle for an entertainment and/or retail district. Hopefully the powers-that-be in Brooklyn are too smart for such a stupid dumbing-down.

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    Let's hope they find an alternate source of funding. If it's important enough to Brooklyn, corporate sponsorship shouldn't be a drawback.

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