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Ghostbusters Brought Back to Life at New York Public Library

By Ben Fractenberg | May 19, 2010 3:06pm | Updated on May 19, 2010 5:39pm

By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

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.”