The $4 million project, with funding from Crowley, the mayor’s office and Borough President Melinda Katz, will renovate the interior, install an elevator and remake the adult and teen reading rooms. It will also restore the front stairs and the rear garden.
“Libraries are the cornerstone of every neighborhood, and Glendale is no exception,” Crowley said. “This library is utilized by people from all walks of life, and this groundbreaking is a long-awaited and highly-anticipated moment for all of us.”
The Glendale branch was designed in 1911, and moved several times. It even shared space with a shoe store and a pickle distributor during its history.
The library found its permanent home on 73rd Place in 1935. Officials said they will preserve the building’s historic quality in the project.
“These renovations and upgrades mean that this very special library will finally be accessible to all,” said Queens Library CEO Dennis Walcott.
“This building dates back to 1935 and has a lot of character,” added acting DDC Commissioner Ana Barrio, “and we plan to preserve that history while we make this valuable resource more equitable to New Yorkers.”