Scott Sherman is a contributing writer to The Nation and the author of Patience and Fortitude: Power, Real Estate, and the Fight to Save a Public Library (Melville House, 2015). His website is www.scottgsherman.com.
In mid-December, the Main Library’s celebrated stacks were booked for demolition.
Why did one of the world’s greatest libraries adopt a $300 million transformation without any real public debate?
As NYPL President Anthony Marx wages a public outreach campaign, opposition to the library’s renovation plan picks up support from Mario Vargas Llosa, Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Lethem and others.