Queens Library Architects Are Sued Over Lack of Accessibility

New York|New York City Sues Queens Library Architects Over Lack of Accessibility

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New York City Sues Queens Library Architects Over Lack of Accessibility

City officials argued that the building was not compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act and other laws.

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Queens Public Library at Hunters Point — which is 22,000 square feet and 82 feet high — opened along the East River in Queens in September 2019.Credit…Hilary Swift for The New York Times

By Lola Fadulu

June 7, 2023

A few years back, architects designed a public library in Queens that has been lauded as one of the most stunning public buildings produced in New York in a century. But it is also rife with obstacles for people with disabilities, according to city officials who are now suing the designers for the $10 million they say it will cost to fix.

At the Queens Public Library at Hunters Point, a staircase that runs from the lobby to the second floor is the only way to access three areas that have built-in desks with charging [...]

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