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Van Bramer Secures More Than $5 Million for MoMA PS1 Roof Repairs

Stock Image courtesy of MoMA PS 1

Sept. 24, 2021 By Allie Griffin

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer has secured more than $5.1 million to cover the costs of badly-needed roof repairs at MoMA PS1.

The capital funding will allow the Long Island City art institution to make the repairs that the building has needed for nearly a decade.

“MoMA PS1’s growth and continued success is not only integral to the arts community in Queens and New York City, but for artists around the world,” Van Bramer said.

With the new funding, the council member has allocated more than $15 million directly to MoMA PS1 since he took office in January 2010.

“I’m proud that I have been able to help secure over $5.1 million to make much-needed and overdue repairs to their roof, and I’m humbled to say that with this funding the Council has now allocated over $15 million to this incredible Long Island City institution during my tenure,” he said.

Director of MoMA PS1, Kate Fowle, thanked Van Bramer for his continuous support.

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and MoMA PS1 Director Kate Fowle (Photo Courtesy of the Office of Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer)

“Jimmy’s leadership has been absolutely transformative to MoMA PS1 and all of NYC’s cultural institutions,” Fowle said. “We are so grateful for the $15 million granted to PS1 over his 12 years as Council Member, enabling us to ensure PS1’s 120-year-old building is safe, secure, and accessible to both artists and the public into the future.”

Van Bramer, who is term-limited, is wrapping up his term as Chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs & Libraries. He has helped secure nearly $2 billion — a record amount of capital funding — to the arts community during his tenure.

The news of the PS1 allocation comes on the heels of a week of funding announcements for the Queens arts community.

The mayor announced Wednesday that the city has allocated $26.4 million to the Queens Museum to complete its expansion and create a children’s museum.

Additionally, Van Bramer celebrated the opening of The Chocolate Factory Theater’s new permanent home in Dutch Kills Wednesday night — which was secured with the help of nearly $3 million in capital funding.

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Greta

I own a one family small home and i need a new flat roof. So far i got 2 estimates which were around 30000 dollars. Triple my yearly taxes. Nyc is so expensive and many tenants do not realize how much it costs to maintain a home. City permits are many times more expensive than the cost of labor and building material. Jimmy did the right thing by securing so much money. He owns a home and knows how much contractors charge in western queens.

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ABoondy

the corrupt will never do that. there should be a multiple sealed bid system, but then the politicians dont get their cut.

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ABoondy

well, you have to take into account the corruption. the democrat politicians get their cut from that pie too. probably more than half.

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Mrs. Getford PS150

Many many school trips to this wonderful museum. My students enjoy it. A large number of private events. A wonderful museum.

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Anonymous

Isn’t MOMA one of the richest museums in the world? Thanks JVB I hope this got you invited to a party somewhere.

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