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Sep 20, 2022

Bronx Week 2022 | Bronx Tourism Award: Huntington Free Library

The 2022 Bronx Tourism Award was presented to the Huntington Free Library. The Huntington Free Library and Reading Room is one of the oldest public libraries in The Bronx. It continues to be a thriving resource for The Bronx community. Over the years, it had amassed a book and artifact collection on Bronx and New York history and the space has been popularized in recent years when an episode of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire was filmed inside. Although the space transports you to the late 19th century, it continues to serve The Bronx, especially during a time of need. When Covid-19 struck in 2020, staff and friends used the library as a food pantry that ultimately feed over 50,000 families in a span of 5 months. A digitization project had commenced in October 2021, in an effort to not only preserve our borough’s history, but to make accessible for future generations to come.

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