Brooklyn Public Library Branch Receives $750,000 for Roof Repair from Councilman Vincent Gentile and Borough President Marty Markowitz

October 1, 2013


Brooklyn Public Library Branch Receives $750,000 for Roof Repair from Councilman Vincent Gentile and Borough President Marty Markowitz

Gentile and Markowitz Provide Funds to Repair the Dyker Library Branch Roof

Brooklyn, NY – The Brooklyn Public Library announced today that Councilman Vincent Gentile and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz plan to devote $750,000 towards the roof replacement project at the Dyker branch in Dyker Heights. The current roof is badly damaged, and water infiltration has become a serious concern for Library staff and patrons.

“Thanks to the generosity of Councilman Gentile and Borough President Markowitz, the Library will be able to undertake the much-needed roof repair at our Dyker branch. We are appreciative of their continued support and leadership, as well as their dedication to the communities they serve,” said Linda E. Johnson, President & CEO of Brooklyn Public Library.

“I am proud to work with BPL President Linda Johnson and Council Member Vincent Gentile to replace the roof of the branch in Brooklyn’s Riviera, Dyker Heights! Projects like this are what help keep Brooklyn the best place to live, work and raise a family. Readers young and old will enjoy their books ‘cover to cover’ while under the cover of a safe and sturdy roof!” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

 “As Chair of the Select Committee on Libraries, I was pleased to help allocate funding for this important project here in Dyker Heights. Public libraries are one of the greatest treasures we have and serve as a very important part of our neighborhoods.  That is why it so important that we ensure libraries have everything they need in order to continue to provide the full range of important services to New Yorkers,” said Councilman Vincent Gentile.

The roof repair project will include demolition and removal of the current roof, installation, and potential drain and paver additions. Once the project begins, the Library will receive an estimate and complete scope of work for design and construction. The Library may have to close because of noisy work or if extensive interior work is needed. Most disruptive work will take place when the library is not open to staff or the public. The roof replacement project will most likely be completed by 2016.

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