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October 3, 2007

Brooklyn Public Library (hearts) Dolly

Just when you thought it was safe to go to the library again...

BPLGala.gif The invitation to the Brooklyn Public Library's 11th Annual Gala arrived in the mail today, announcing the 2007 Honorees: NY Times columnist Jane Brody, children's book author Jacquline Woodson, and disgraced NYC Planning Commissioner and NJ Nets' investor Dolly Williams.

NoLandGrab readers will recall that the last time we discussed the Brooklyn Public Library was in February, when a controversy erupted over the banning of certain works from the Footprints art exhibit that the Library deemed too controversial. In an interview with The NY Times, Jay Kaplan, director of the Library’s programs and exhibitions, described a portrait of eminent domain plaintiff Daniel Goldstein as unsuitable because it was "hagiographic."

BPL2007-Dolly.gif It's hard to understand why Dolly is being honored. Maybe it's because she's a member of the NYC Planning Commission, though she has had to withdraw from participating in decisions on large land-use issues in Brooklyn in the wake of revelations of conflict of interest. Or maybe they're recognizing her work with ICB, chaired by her political patron, Marty Markowitz.

According to the web site for the Initiative for a Competitive Brooklyn:

ICB is a comprehensive economic strategy designed to improve the competitiveness of Brooklyn as a business location and increase economic opportunities for low-income Brooklyn residents.

The Brooklyn Public Library Gala is Thursday, November 8. Tickets start at $350. [There's currently no info on the library's web site.]

Posted by lumi at October 3, 2007 1:49 PM