The new Hunters Point Library opened last week (courtesy of Queens Public Library)

As the completion of the new Greenpoint Library has been pushed back a couple of months from the expected October opening date due to construction and permitting issues, the Hunters Point Library opened last week at 47-40 Center Boulevard, a quick ride across the Pulaski Bridge.

Rendering of the Greenpoint Library (courtesy of marble fairbanks)

Construction workers told Greenpointers last week that work on the Greenpoint Library would likely not be completed until the end of November.

A follow up with the library project manager Ames O’neil confirmed that the October opening is indeed postponed. “We’re still not sure about the opening date for the library – construction work is continuing this month, and then we have to line up several City inspections – but at this point, I think it’s safe to say we hope to open in December,” O’Neil stated in an email.

Hunters Point Library (courtesy of Queens Public Library)

For Greenpoint residents seeking a library experience in the interim, the new Hunters Point Library is a great option.

Located near the East River waterfront, the $41.5 million Hunters Point Library is the newest library in Queens following the Long Island City Library opening in 2007. The new library was designed by Steven Holl Architects and counts as the 66th Queens Public Library location.

Hunters Point Library (courtesy of Queens Public Library)

More details from the QPL:

The 22,000-square-foot building is 82 feet high and oriented vertically, with interior stairs that rise from an open-spaced entry through six levels up to a rooftop bleacher-style seating and reading area. The building’s concrete shell is load-bearing to allow for a large open atrium in the interior, with cantilevered floors extending from the ends of the building containing adult, teen and children’s reading areas, as well as a cyber center and a ground floor meeting room that can seat up to 140 people.

Hunters Point Library (courtesy of Queens Public Library)

The library also launched programming that includes storytime for toddlers, arts and crafts activities and a writing club for adults; check out the calendar for more details.

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