Marcy Branch, Brooklyn Public Library, Bedford-Stuyvesant, NYC


This Marcy Branch on Dekalb Avenue replaced the original Victorian-era Marcy Branch in Tompkins Park just a few blocks away. It opened in 1969 and according to the Library’s website was designed by Carmine Dempster of the Department of Public Works. It features colorful glass block windows in vertical rows and angled to the street. They add a wonderful pop of color to this otherwise plain white brick building.

Just up the block is the popular public Kosciuszko Pool, designed by famed modern architect Morris Lapidus, who was from the area. The pool complex is definitely mid-century but difficult to photograph as it is blocked from view at street level.

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