Posted by: bluesyemre | April 24, 2015

Denying New York Libraries the Fuel They Need


Hsia Jian Li of Queens browsed at the Bayside library branch in 2011. Credit Kirsten Luce for The New York Times

Suppose you guess where people spend at least some of their time in the city. For instance, what attractions draw the most visitors?

  • A. Major museums, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Museum or Museum of the City of New York.
  • B. Libraries, including the neighborhood branches and research centers.
  • C. Performing arts, like those at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, City Center and Snug Harbor.
  • D. Sports teams like the Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Jets and Giants.
  • E. Natural-world attractions: the botanical gardens, Wave Hill, the zoos and aquariums.

Lots of people buy tickets for sports, even if they don’t always show up. Last year, the Yankees listed attendance as 3.4 million; the Mets, 2.14 million. At Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center, the two basketball teams and the Rangers hockey team brought in a total of 2.2 million. The two professional football teams in northern New Jersey drew 1.3 million.

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