BBPC A-OK with BBP Decision

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has issued this statement in regard to last week’s court ruling allowing the construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park to continue:

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, a not-for-profit organization which has advocated for the Park for more than twenty years, hailed the decision.
“This is a good day for the citizens of Brooklyn who have worked for two decades to transform an underused and closed-off waterfront into a magnificent public park,” said Conservancy Board Chair David Kramer. “And while the dismissal was not a surprise, we were pleased to see the court take this position.”

“Let’s move forward,” added Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy President Marianna Koval. “Park construction has begun, and now is the time to work together constructively as a community with our local elected officials, the park design team, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, Mayor Bloomberg, and Governor Paterson to build this park, which has already drawn visitors from throughout the City. Just last summer over 71,000 people from 175 different neighborhoods came to the Floating Pool at Brooklyn Bridge Park Beach, on the future park site. This was the first time this section of the waterfront had been open for public recreation in over 200 years.”

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  • Vinny From Brooklyn

    I am glad they are making the park. The waterfront along Brooklyn is way underserved.

  • Uncle Milty

    Conservancy Board Chair David Kramer? Is that the same David Kramer who is a partner in Hudson Properties that built J Condo? WTF? This will not be a “public park.” Not ever. Bloomberg has given our city away.

  • Tim N.

    I think everyone wants a park, and most folks realize that it would be pretty great to walk the waterfront.

    The problem is, by bringing private interests into it, you put the chance of having that walk into the hands of people who’s interest lies elsewhere. Which could result in a lot of us standing on the outside looking in, only instead of saying, “We should take those ugly piers out and put in a park,” we’d say, “gee, looks like they’re having a good time in there.”

  • anon

    Yes, this is now a private placed for luxury condo owners. The “conservancy” just conserves their own jobs, paid for by real estate developers like Hudson Companies and J Street Condos. (yes, Krammer is a real estate developer!) And when one developer doesn’t give them lots of money, like the Walentas’, they attack them in the press and ignore their generous gifts of a carousel for the park.

  • Buddy

    I love that Uncle Milty. RIGHT ON! We’ve got to find a way to get rid of this housing. We need baseball fields, and it should be used around the clock, throughout the year.

  • Uncle Milty

    If, as is reported in the link below, it is true that more and more condominium offerings are failing and being converted to rentals
    and if more and more sites slated for development are being scaled back or outright canceled due to lack of financing, how does that bode for this private aspect of the park? Is there not a chance that halfway through development will be stalled? If that happens, that old bunch of warehouses that they just leveled will have looked a lot better than a mile long half-built construction site.
    Also, what they’re building is not affordable housing. It’s private luxury condominiums. The starting prices will be
    $1 million and beyond. And contrary to all the spin from developers and politcos etc, there is no housing shortage in NYC, and there is especially no luxury condo shortage. To the contrary.
    Lastly, there has been exactly zero city planning in all of this. Just imagine what this will do to the density of the area. Take into account the recent rezoning of Vinegar Hill, the development of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the building of the Atlantic Yards and the Ikea in Red Hook.
    I’m all for a park, but at what price?