Hey, did you notice the terrific mural installed last week around the Hunters Point Library site? Well inside of 72 hours, some schmuck came along with a box cutter and dissected it. Earlier today I received this in an email from a concerned and outraged resident:
Many of you may already know this by now, but in walking along Center Boulevard this morning, I noticed that the newly installed scrim was sliced with (probably) some sort of knife on almost half of the surfaces! I was heart-broken and I’m furious, as this scrim was providing not only an nice, aesthetic coverage of the work sight, but also a sign of progress for our library – some excitement that soon it will be built. I spoke to 2 workers who were tending to it on my way back to my building and they said it happened over the weekend. The workers said the scrim cost $6,000 to create and produce and that they won’t be repairing it – it will stay that way the duration until the library is complete.
The resident sent the same email to the LIC powers-that-be and received the following response:
My name is Jen Manley, I am the VP of Government and Community Affairs at the Queens Library. Both Assembly Member Nolan and CM Van Bramer’s office relayed your concerns this morning to me. I cannot express how upsetting this is to the library. We are so very excited about this new library in your community and you are absolutely right that the new fence wrap was a small but important signal of progress. It was also very beautifully designed by our partners at the City Department of Design and Construction and very generously supported through the financial contribution of the Queens West Development Corporation. As you learned- this sort of wrapping is actually very expensive to have produced and the Queens West Development Corporation stepped up to make sure it could be completed to enhance the community. It is so discouraging that it has been destroyed. I spoke to both DDC and to QWCD today and everyone is equally upset. Funding is short but they are going to try to repair the several panels that were damaged and we will see what else can be done if needed. Diane Balleck from Assembly Member Nolan’s office already brought this to the 108th precinct (thank you Diane) and they advised that as soon as a complaint is initiated at the precinct they can then work with your building and your neighbors buildings to secure footage and identify whomever did this terrible thing. I spoke to QWDC and they will file a complaint with PD tomorrow. If we can nail whomever did this the whole community would be grateful. Please feel free to share this update with your neighbors as well.
Thank you so much for sharing your concerns – let’s stay in touch.
Jennifer Manley, Vice President, Government & Community Affairs, Queens Library
Here, let me repeat the most important part:
If we can nail whomever did this the whole community would be grateful.
Agreed. So if you anyone saw anything, please contact the police with the info.