Hunts Point library will close for 18 months

HUNTER COLLEGE–Education advocates’ long-held hopes of converting the third floor of the Hunts Point branch library into a reading and recreation center for teens appear to have come up empty.

New York Public Library officials say the third floor will instead be used as a mechanical and equipment room. The landmarked, 89-year-old building will be closed down early next year so that repairs to the facade can start, and an elevator and a staircase to the second floor added. Library officials estimate that renovations will take 18 months and cost $20 million.