Libraries Eyed as Ripe for Development

With land getting scarcer in New York, real estate developers are increasingly eyeing city-owned property. Parking lots in housing projects, public schools, and even local libraries are some of the places that could turn into new developments.

That’s the case for the Pacific branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. This charming red brick structure was built with Andrew Carnegie’s money in 1904, and it could soon be demolished and replaced.

"[The Brooklyn Public Library] can use the money from that deal to fund repairs in all their branches," said Joseph Berger, who wrote about the topic in The New York Times Monday. "So they see this as a win-win proposition."

To listen to Host Richard Hake’s full conversation with Joseph Berger, click the audio above.