Ghostbusters Brought Back to Life at New York Public Library
By Ben Fractenberg
MIDTOWN WEST — When the New York Public Library wanted to bring attention to the dire budget problems it’s facing, who was it going to call?
Ghostbusters — the 26-year-old movie whose opening scene featured the 42nd Street landmark’s reading room — was brought back to life last week.
In an effort to publicize cuts facing the library, city improvisation group Improv Everywhere was brought in to recreate the classic shot — and amuse reading room users.
“The library is heavily featured in the beginning of the movie,” the group said on its website, where footage of the stunt was posted this week and was picked up by YouTube.
“The thought of bringing the Ghostbusters back to the library 25 years later cracked (us) up.”
The group was invited into the reading room by library management.
The stunt starts with actors dressed as ghosts drifting into the room — packed with everyday users apparently unaware of the project.
Minutes later, the famous ghost hunters follow them in.
“The question was how do we let people know about what we’re facing and what the consequences will be, because this is the people’s library,” Paul LeClerc, the library’s president who thought of the publicity scheme, told NBC New York.
The event was the group’s second performance at the library after they staged a faux-protest in 2002 by a group they called “Writers Against Piracy.”