Preservation Issues

Local Girl Scouts Are Back to Help Save Pacific Branch Library


Pacific Street Branch Library, 25 4th Avenue - Brooklyn (Boerum Hill)

November, 2013

The determined Girl Scouts of Troop 2657 held another rally November 20 seeking landmark designation of Brooklyn’s Pacific Branch Library and have released their second video. Designation of the 110 year-old building—the oldest Carnegie Library in that Borough—is also on the Conservancy’s “to do” list for the City’s Landmarks Commission. The building was designed by Raymond Almirall and is featured in the AIA Guide to New York City. The Guide describes it as “a Sousa march—self-satisfied, robust and stridently Beaux Arts.”

The troop has been campaigning to save the branch, where they have met for more than a year, since its possible sale was first announced last February. They’ve created a petition, met with a variety of officials, and made an initial advocacy video. They point out that a request to evaluate the building for landmarking has been pending at the Landmarks Commission for 9 years—longer than most of them have been alive. A personal plea to Commission Chair Robert Tierney last June still did not produce any action.

The Conservancy has been working with area residents and elected officials, as well as the Girl Scouts, in an effort to spur the Commission to action. There is a temporary halt on any sale of the building, thanks to an agreement reached by Councilwoman—and now Public Advocate—elect Letitia James. But without designation, there is no real protection. The City has underfunded the branch libraries for years. But selling off the City’s public heritage to developers is short-sighted and not a worthy solution.

How you can help.

Contact Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Robert Tierney at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and ask him to please designate the Pacific Branch Library as a landmark.

Signatures are currently being gathered for a petition to build a neighborhood support group.

Please sign the petition to Save the Pacific Branch Library.

You can also visit MoveOn.org to sign an online petition addressing general library issues throughout New York City.

Here is a video they made in early 2013.