December 10, 2023

Delay in Release of New York Public Library Revised Renovation Plan


UPDATE October 24 New York Public Library Hires Firm to Promote Renovation Plan (via NY Times)

The library has enlisted the Parkside Group, whose team will be led by Evan Stavisky, the contract says, perhaps best known as a Democratic consultant.

Asked about its decision to hire Parkside, the library said in a statement that, like other large cultural institutions and library systems that rely on government financing, “the Library has for decades used a variety of consultants to help amplify our own efforts at community and officeholder outreach.”

Original Post

From The NY Times:

The New York Public Library will not release revised plans for its 42nd Street library renovation – or independent cost estimates of alternative options — this fall as expected, the library said on Wednesday.


The design work is complex, and we are committed to getting it right to provide a transformative library experience for our users,” the library said in a statement. “Accordingly, our schedule has changed. We now expect to unveil the new design sometime after the New Year.”

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More about the renovation in this October 2013 NYPL design update.

See Also: New York Public Library Rethinks Design (Central Library Plan) (August 28, 2013)

See Also: New York Public Library Agrees in Court to Delay Central Library Plan (July 12, 2013)

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