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Pol rebukes Brooklyn library for lecture series by Israel critic

“A state lawmaker from Brooklyn is condemning the borough’s public library for hosting a 10-week lecture series with controversial author and Israel critic Norman Finkelstein. Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat, described Finkelstein as a “Holocaust revisionist” and said taxpayer dollars should not be used to give him a forum for his “hateful” views.“ The question is, ‘Why would the Brooklyn Public Library allow this vile propagandist to use their facilities to spread his hate to the public?’ ” Hikind said.” (via NY Daily News)

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Judge rules against group trying to halt sale of Brooklyn Heights Library

“A group that had sought to stop the controversial sale and development of the Brooklyn Heights Library lost its case in court last week when state Supreme Court Justice Justice Dawn Jiminez-Salta rejected its claims.Love Brooklyn Libraries, Inc., headed by Brooklyn resident Marsha Rimler, had challenged the project’s environmental review, but the court dismissed the claims on July 7, saying they lacked merit.” (via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

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Group files federal complaint over sale of Brooklyn Heights Library

“An advocacy group filed a complaint with the United States Attorney’s Office on Tuesday over the planned $52 million sale of the Brooklyn Heights Library to developer Hudson Companies.The organization Love Brooklyn Libraries! (LBL!) contends that Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has been misrepresenting its capital funds in order to facilitate a real estate grab.” (via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

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Community group claims $52M Brooklyn Heights library sale is unnecessary

“Anger over the $52 million sale of Brooklyn Heights library land to the Hudson Cos. has yet to subside with a group and residents alleging in a complaint that the sale was not necessary.“The Brooklyn Public Library has persisted in feigning capital poverty and manufacturing a so-called crisis to further a lucrative real-estate deal which will potentially benefit the library,” residents and a group called Love Brooklyn Libraries alleged in a complaint filed with the attorney general and city Law Department on Jan. 15.” (via The Real Deal)

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EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn Public Library deal reportedly falls short of market value, leaves NYC shortchanged

“The Brooklyn Public Library is getting shortchanged on a controversial development deal, a new report claims. Developer Hudson Companies is set to shell out $52 million for the site where the Brooklyn Heights branch is located. But the analysis finds that’s just 68% to 78% of the true market value — or $16 million to $26 million less than a fair price.” (NY Daily News)

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