05/29/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

New Library For Battery Park City Has It All, But Is It The Most Deserving Neighborhood?

The existence of this beautiful 10,000-square-foot library, which opened on March 18, prompts so many questions: How could such state-of-the-art technologies be marshaled in service of the old-fashioned act of book reading? How could such fancy design be affordable in an era of wrenching budget crises? And in choosing where to build the coolest, greenest new branch around, why pick Battery Park City, a neighborhood already so blessed with amenities?

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