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A New Queens Library; Imagining Newtown Creek's Future

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ELMHURST?Tomorrow the Queens Public Library will complete the foundation of its newest branch in Elmhurst. The 30,000-square-foot library was designed by Marpillero Pollak Architects, and Stalco Construction serves as general contractor on the project. The new building doubles the size of the old library and includes a reading atrium and public community gardens. Parts of the former building, like the children's room fireplace and original bricks, will be incorporated into the new design. It is expected to open in 2014. [Curbedwire Inbox; official]

LONG ISLAND CITY?When it comes to NYC's polluted waterways, the Gowanus Canal gets all the attention. But the Newtown Creek, flowing between North Brooklyn and Queens, is equally squalid (it's also a superfund site). To spur conversation about creative ideas for the creek's future, Flux Factory is featuring the site in the third workshop of their "The Future of Your Neighborhood: Who Decides?" series. The Executive Director of the Newtown Creek Alliance and the founder of the Manhattana Project will be discussing information about the creek and sharing ideas. [Flux Factory]