The Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation has agreed to accept Jane’s Carousel at the location desired by its donor, Jane Walentas, in the former Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park.
YourNabe.com: DUMBO doyenne Jane Walentas has reached a final deal with the developers of Brooklyn Bridge Park to donate her lovingly restored 1920s carousel to a waterfront spot behind the old Tobacco Warehouse — but the controversy over the plan is just beginning.
Some neighborhood leaders decried park planners for allowing Walentas, the wife of real-estate titan David Walentas, to not only pick the spot where her carousel would be sited, but also choose the architect to design the transparent, glass-walled pavilion where it will be housed.
Opponents of the siting argued that the carousel enclosure, designed by prominent French architect Jean Nouvel and designed to be illluminated at night, would interfere with views of the Brooklyn Bridge from Main Street and further north in the Park. The Brooklyn Paper, in an editorial today, implies that this opposition stems from anti-Walentas animus incited by the proposed Dock Street project (about which more in a subsequent post) and by David Walentas’ “treat[ing] the neighborhood like his own little fiefdom”, and that the opponents have “seized on the announcement as another chance to take a deep quaff from the mug of Haterade.”
Update: Here’s Curbed’s take on the subject, with a great photo-montage.