About the Melrose Library

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The branch opened in 1914. 

The Melrose Branch of the New York Public Library opened in 1914. Located on Morris Avenue and 162nd Street, it is a busy and active branch in the Bronx.  

The branch was one of the many libraries built with funds from Andrew Carnegie. Carrère and Hastings, the architecture firm behind the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in Manhattan, designed the simple, red-brick structure named for the neighborhood. Though the original structure was four-stories tall, the top two floors were removed during an extensive renovation and modernization in 1959.

Located within walking distance of Yankee Stadium and the borough's thriving court system, this air-conditioned library occupies almost 10,000 square feet and has separate reading rooms for children and adults. The branch serves an ethnically diverse population of approximately 50,000, a quarter of which prefers to read and speak Spanish. Free classes in English are offered.

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Information About Environmental Remediation Projects in Your Community

Brownfields are properties where redevelopment is complicated by actual or suspected environmental contamination from past land usage. Because of New York City's long industrial history, brownfields are found in areas throughout the five boroughs. The New York City Office of Environmental Remediation offers programs that encourage environmental investigation of lightly-to-moderately contaminated sites, and that oversee clean up appropriate to a site's new end use. Information about these projects is available below:

New York City Voluntary Cleanup Program
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Brownfield Cleanup Program Application

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