Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie built more than railroads, he also provided the funds to build more than 1,500 public libraries across the country, eighteen of which are still operating here in Brooklyn. It is certainly no secret that Brooklyn Public Library’s Pacific branch — the very first Carnegie-funded library built in this borough — is facing potential demolition now that it has found itself in poor physical shape and, coincidentally, next door to one of Brooklyn’s hottest properties, the Barclays Center. Have we lost other historical gems through the years? The answer is yes. Read the full story on our blog.
This blog post looks at Andrew Carnegie’s library legacy in the microcosm of one borough, but those interested in a wider-angle view of the philanthropist and industrialist are encouraged to attend a lecture by Carnegie biographer David Nasaw in the Dweck Center at Brooklyn’s Central Library this Sunday, March 2nd, at 1:00pm. RSVP for free tickets here: http://brooklynpubliclibrary.brownpapertickets.com/.