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Brooklyn Public Library will open a new, temporary branch in Dumbo

Plus, Long Island City will be getting the state’s largest battery system—and more intel in today’s New York Minute news roundup

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A temporary BPL branch will open in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Residents of Dumbo and its surrounding areas will soon be getting a brand new library: a 6,565-square-foot Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) branch, called Adams Street Library, located at 135 Plymouth Street. But while they wait for that one to be built—which is the first BPL to open in over 30 years—they will be getting a temporary one in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The 1,600 square-foot temporary annex will be located at One John Street, and will offer a laptop-loan program, a small collection of books, and a variety of programming including story time and homework help starting on November 5; and interview and resume help workshops and author talks starting in the spring.

As far as the upcoming Adams Street Library, it will open in the fall of 2020, and is part of a larger BPL effort to revamp its infrastructure: Brooklyn Heights, Greenpoint, and Sunset Park libraries will be completely rebuilt, while the BAM cultural district will be getting a new satellite facility.

And in other news…

  • Just ten days after activating cameras mounted on city buses, the MTA caught 1,500 drivers parked in bus lanes on First Avenue’s M15 line. Thanks to a recently-passed bill in the state legislature, the MTA is looking to expand the camera program to other bus lines around the city.
  • A restored version of Downtown 81, the 80s film that follows Jean-Michel Basquiat around downtown Manhattan’s art scene, will open at Metrograph on October 25th.
  • Long Island City will soon be getting the state’s largest battery system, built in a deteriorating power plant in front of the East River. The 316-megawatt system will bring electricity to more than 250,000 households.
  • A study by real estate website Apartment Guide looked into where the smallest studio apartments can be found in different cities around the country, and, unsurprisingly, New York City is among them.
  • Have you been bothered by construction noise outside your window, while trying to sleep? A new Department of Buildings interactive map, which tracks after-hours permits in the city, will allow you to know ahead of time, at least.
  • The Woolworth Building now has a new, restored pool, and it is stunning: Take a look.
  • And, finally, hundreds of NYC sites will be open to the public for Open House New York this weekend. And below, a cute photo of one of City Hall, one of the sites that you could visit:

Have a good weekend, everyone!