At this morning’s opening of the Pier 1 section of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Mayor Michael Bloomberg (see video above) noted in his remarks that the agreement between the State and City under which the City has taken control of the Park’s construction and management provides for the appointment of a committee to study ways to fund the Park’s ongoing operating and maintenance costs. He said that housing was still on the table as a source of funds, but that the committee would consider other options and “no stone will be left unturned.”
In his remarks, State Senator Daniel Squadron praised Governor Paterson and the Mayor for the agreement, and noted that it opened the way to consider financing options other than housing. He also gave special recognition to Judi Francis of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund, which has opposed housing as a source of Park funding. (As this March 10 New York Post article points out, the agreement between the State and City enables Squadron, along with Assemblymember Joan Millman, considerable power over shaping the means by which the Park’s maintenance is financed, and thereby enables Squadron to keep his campaign promise to seek alternative means of financing.)
Borough President Marty Markowitz said the Park is part of the revitalization of downtown Brooklyn, along with Atlantic Yards. He likes the view of the “outer Borough of Manhattan” from the park, and looks forward to the day when the Brooklyn Nets defeat the “Manhattan” Knicks at Barclay Center. On a more serious note, he said he envisions the Park as helping to link downtown Brooklyn with downtown Manhattan as a “new City center.” Markowitz gave special praise to the people of Brooklyn Heights for their efforts to establish the Park.