The Brooklyn Eagle’s Dennis Holt writes about the making of Brooklyn Bridge Park:
Brooklyn Eagle: There will be books written someday about the long history of this park, and hopefully someone will have access to all the archival information. There are two main time periods and they could be called Before Connor and After Connor.
The first period was when the idea for a waterfront park first surfaced which was born when the Port Authority, owner then of Piers 1 through 6 (and the rest of the piers down to Red Hook) wanted to fill up the piers with houses. After a great deal of effort, the Brooklyn Heights Association turned the threat away. But one of those participants knew that threat or others would reappear. Thus the idea of Brooklyn Bridge Park came about.
The Before Connor period was filled with lots of talk, studies, park concepts and the like, but nothing substantial happened. Then State Senator Martin Connor, supported fully by then Borough President Howard Golden, got sufficient state funding to create professional and citizen study groups to determine whether a broad park was really feasible, what kind of park it could be, and what kind of money was involved.
Do you think he’s on the mark here?