WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Northern Manhattan residents and elected officials raved about the renovated Washington Heights library Monday, saying it brought top-notch amenities to the neighborhood.
“It’s just wonderful,” said Washington Heights resident Malika Patterson. “The elevators are fabulous — it’s much more open. It’s first-class quality, same as anywhere else.”
The 100-year-old library reopened Monday morning after a $12.4 million renovation that modernized three of its floors and added wheelchair-accessible features. The 17,000-square-foot library now has an airier design, with new furniture, elevators and wheelchair lifts, plus more than 60 new computers and two large touch-screen monitors.
The library also features 24 Apple iMacs. NYPL president Anthony Marx said the uptown branch was only the third in the system to feature Apple computers.
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Safe to say that when the President offers you a shout-out, people might pay attention.
Estiven Rodríguez might well count as Washington Heights’ newest celebrity.
President Barack Obama knows him by name, and so does anyone else who saw the State of the Union address in late January, which Rodríguez attended as a guest of the White House.
Rodríguezis presently a senior at WHEELS, Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School, on West 182nd Street.
For those who missed the President’s remarks, Rodríguez is graduating this spring first in his class after arriving in New York City at the age of nine without speaking any English. He is now an accepted student at Pennsylvania’s Dickinson College, a liberal arts college to which he has received a full scholarship.
In the fall, he will be his family’s first-generation college student.
Get ready people, the acoustic architect; Uptown’s own Frankie P will be releasing the long awaited Hazy Nights In The Heights 2 in a matter of days. While no official release date has been set, just know and understand this: you NEED this in your life. I had the distinct honor of getting to listen to the material and let’s just say that it was well worth the wait. Audubon, Camille Safiya and Dubwork all make outstanding guest appearances on the stellar opus. Frankie P has also teamed up with the prolific Fred Focus to release a steady stream of visuals for the project. In the interim, vibe out to the first Hazy Nights In The Heights and stay tuned for more. You have been warned!
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