I had forgotten about the presence of the North Hills Branch of Queens Library on Marathon Parkway just south of the Long Island Expressway, constructed in 1987, but I marvel at it anew every time I pass by. A circular structure with a domed roof and a cupola, decked out in bright red, blue and yellow primary colors, and a yellow snow shovel over the door? Who could ask for anything more…
Compare to the nearby buildings, which were built by architects when sober. Southern Little Neck is completely dominated by garden apartment buildings, block after block after block. This is where the city that never sleeps sleeps. Zzzzzzzzzz. I’m glad I live in the small strecth of Little Neck along Northern Boulevard that comes with a bit of history.
Why the library is called the “North Hills” branch is unknown, since the community of North Hills is a couple of miles east, just past Lake Success in Nassau County.