Brooklyn Public Library opens its new Gensler-designed Brooklyn Heights branch location

Nearly five years after its previous early-1960s-era location was demolished, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL)’s catalytic and controversy-stirring new Brooklyn Heights branch at Cadman Plaza West and Clinton Street has opened its doors to the public at the same site. The library’s debut arrives a year due to pandemic-related slowdowns. At more than 26,000 square feet, the bright and unfussy new library, designed by Gensler with Marvel serving as architect of record, is the largest of the BPL’s 26 branch locations and the second largest overall behind the recently revamped Central Library at Grand Army Plaza.

Features of the facility include a sunlit reading room, a

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