Jamaica Bay Library
The Brooklyn Public Library recognized the need for a branch library in the Jamaica Bay area as early as 1966, when Director John A. Humphreys requested construction funds in a letter to Mayor Lindsay. Although the site chosen for the new library caused some controversy in the neighborhood, site approval was granted in March 20, 1967, after a public hearing. After a long planning process, the new library opened in July, 1973. The design, conceived by Manhattan architects Leibowitz/Badouva and Associates, won the New York Society of architects bronze plaque, for an accomplished solution to a difficult and highly constrained construction. Unusual features of the interior are a sunken carpeted area designed to hold the library's periodicals collection, and a colorful mural of tree branches filled with birds. The mural was painted by Mark Morgen, a former Library employee.
The Jamaica Bay branch looks forward to serving its patrons for generations to come, and to functioning as a technologically advanced, multi-faceted information center throughout and beyond the next century.
Now a part of the Gateway National Research Area, an immense national park, Canarsie Pier, which adjoins Canarsie Beach Park, was designed as a gathering place for the community.