2002-09-26 / Arts & Entertainment

Markowitz Announces Funding For Boro Cultural Institutions

Borough President Marty Markowitz recently announced $16,525,000 in capital funding for fiscal year 2003 for many of Kings County’s important cultural institutions, including the Brooklyn Public Library, the New York Aquarium, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

"One of the reasons why Brooklyn is such a remarkable borough is because we are blessed with so many fine cultural institutions that enrich our lives every single day. A library, museum or an aquarium can educate, inspire and change the way we view the world around us," Markowitz said.

Projects funded at the Brooklyn Public Library include $1.5 million this year to help construct a new, 17,000 square foot Kensington Branch Library. The Central Branch is receiving $1,520,000 this year for the construction of a new front plaza that will have a performance space, an outdoor cafe and informational and retail kiosks. It is also getting $700,000 this year and $2 million in fiscal year 2004 to build a new 5,000 square foot auditorium that will hold 220 people. The Park Slope Branch is receiving $2,462,000 in the fiscal year 2005 to completely renovate the building.

The New York Aquarium is receiving $2,250,000 for a state of the art veterinarian facility. It also is getting $2,700,000 in fiscal year 2004 for renovation to the main space including exhibit technology improvements. Finally, the Aquarium will receive $660,000 in fiscal year 2005 for adaptive reuse of the historic West Brighton Carousel that will be combined with a new visitors center and entryway.

The Botanic Garden is getting $990,000 in the fiscal year 2004 to help build a new entry building which will be built in the berm between the parking lot and the Cherry Esplanade. The building will include a visitor center and an exhibition space. The Brooklyn Museum of Art is receiving $850,000 this year and $850,000 next year to replace the roof over the Luce Center and the library areas.

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is getting $2,410,000 for the fiscal year 2003 which will allow it to increase its space by more than 50% and double its attendance levels. The Society for the Preservation of Weeksville and Bedford-Stuyvesant History is getting $2,170,000 this year and $1,788,000 next year to help restore various historic house and to do archeological work. The Brooklyn Academy of Music is receiving $1,700,000 for the fiscal year 2003 for exterior work on the building including streetscape improvements, the creation of a handicapped entrance, the installation of an exterior canopy and facade work.

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus will receive $500,000 to go towards the acquisition and the construction of a new building. The Brooklyn Music School is getting $150,000 for stage and floor improvements.

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