The Greenpoint branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, at the corner of Norman Avenue and Leonard Street, has gone through a Carnegie and a Lindsay version and is now on its third building on the same site. A few years ago, when workers were digging out the foundation, they found chunks of both its predecessors pancaked into asbestos-laced rubble—the architectural version of finding someone else’s decades-old scribbles in the margins of a library book. That polluted pit took two years and several million dollars to clean up, but it has finally birthed Greenpoint’s greenest building—a library enfolded in gardens, doing double duty as an environmental education center. It’s the sort of place that makes you want to move in.
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