Sunset Park Library - Local History & Photos

Welcome to Sunset Branch, April 2000 Meet the Staff, April 2000 Patrons, April 2000 Technology Available to Public, April 2000 Children's Area, April 2000 Poetry Writing Workshop for Teens, April 2000 Old South Branch, 1906 Old South Branch, c.1970 Sunset Park, 1995
Branch History

The original Sunset Park branch was named the South Branch and opened to the public on December 9, 1905. The original two story classical revival style building designed by architects Lord & Hewlett and funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, occupied the present corner lot. Unfortunately this graceful brick and stone building was determined to be obsolete in 1970 and subsequently demolished.

On June 18, 1998, a reception, followed by a week of celebratory programs, officially marked the reopening of the newly renovated Sunset Park branch, built in 1972 on the foundations of a former Carnegie library. The $1.8-million renovation, funded by

Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden, gave the library a new facade, more space, a new community meeting room on the lower level and Internet access. A new elevator and an entrance ramp make the branch accessible to all.

Famous Facts

Because of its long waterfront, Sunset Park was one of the earliest parts of Brooklyn to be settled. The Sunset Park area was also the site of the Battle of Long Island in 1776. The early 20th century brought a massive industrial expansion along the waterfront, which attracted several waves of newly-arrived immigrant groups, including Europeans, and Hispanics. Notable landmarks include Greenwood Cemetery and the Sunset Park.