Why Can’t New York City Build More Gems Like This Queens Library?

“Compact, at 22,000 square feet and 82 feet high, the library is among the finest and most uplifting public buildings New York has produced so far this century. It also cost something north of $40 million and took forever to complete. So it raises the question: Why can’t New York build more things like this, faster and cheaper?”

With a stunning new library in Queens as the backdrop, The New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman puts forth an argument for why we should strive for remarkable public buildings that “spread beauty and dignity in far-flung neighborhoods.”

We couldn’t agree more.