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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Coney Island Library to reopen

Brooklyn Ink excerpt  -

The Coney Island Public Library will reopen on October 23rd. It was one of five borough libraries devastated by Hurricane Sandy, and “was completely demolished,” said Debi Ryan, Development Director of Coney Island USA. “There was nothing you could really save.”

Rebuilding the library cost $2.6 million, said David Woloch, Executive Vice President for External Affairs at the Brooklyn Public Library. The bulk of the funding came from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and insurance money. “There was a lot of damage,” he said. The library “lost all the technological and computer equipment.” It needed a new boiler, elevator, and electric system. “The entire first floor had to be gutted.”

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