The New York Public Library fired back at a group of scholars and writers suing to stop its planned renovation, arguing in a court filing Friday that the historians have their history wrong.
The library is facing two separate lawsuits aiming to stop it from dismantling the 102-year-old book stacks in its landmark Fifth Avenue building in a $300 million renovation.
Officials have said in court that the work won’t begin until the completion of an environmental review by the city, now under way. In its court filing Friday, the library estimated that a further six-month delay caused by a lawsuit would increase the cost of the project by about 2%, or “many millions of dollars.”
The library Friday also served the plaintiffs of the first lawsuit with a response that hasn’t yet been filed in court. The first suit was filed July 3 by a separate group of scholars and preservationists going by the name NYC Libraries Legal Defense Committee, although they are not listed under that name on the lawsuit.
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