Our carbuncle alarm, which went haywire over the Brooklyn Museum’s offensive new entrance, has alerted us to a new monstrosity nearing completion in the adjacent borough.
The former Queens Borough Public Library is being turned into Moda, ‘the most modern, fashionable place to live in the heart of vibrant Jamaica, Queens’. The building first went up in 1930 as the main building of the Queens Borough Public Library, a handsome structure in a classical style which was renovated and added on to in the 1960s to become the Queens County Family Court. (Queens Borough and Queens County are contiguous).
In addition to the small branch library and commercial retail space in the building, Moda will offer the residents of its mixed-income apartments a concierge service, a rooftop deck, fitness center, 24-hour indoor parking, “charming” parquet floors, and hopefully an unabated sense of shame for having ruined a perfectly decent building.