Controversial tower housing upgraded Inwood Library breaks ground

Today a consortium of developers, nonprofits and community groups broke ground on the much-contested affordable residential tower that will house the state-of-the-art Inwood Library, expected to open in early 2023.

“We loved the old library, and it was hard to see it go,” said Tony Marx, New York Public Library’s chief executive officer. “But it wasn’t doing it for the neighborhood anymore.”

Marx said the neighborhood needed a library with “bells and whistles.” The promise of a glossy, useful space offers to bookend a year and a half that saw all public library branches close through early summer and a longer saga about how to keep Inwood affordable

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