The New York Times Real Estate section has a piece by Christopher Gray on the history of the Promenade, headed by the very photo of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and Promenade under construction in 1948 that begins our own Karl Junkersfeld’s video about Henrik Krogius’ book that recounts the Promenade’s history. Gray quotes Krogius on the opposition of some who lived on Columbia Heights to the inclusion of the Promenade in the BQE plan:
Some residents were horrified at this prospect, decrying the “nightmare” of “promenaders peering into windows of homes and hoodlums shouting unseemly language,” according to an account in The Brooklyn Eagle quoted by Henrik Krogius in his new book, “The Brooklyn Heights Promenade.”
One Squibb executive, according to the Times article, even offered to waive the condemnation fee for taking a portion of his back yard if the Promenade were eliminated from the plan. Evidently, he would have preferred to have the upper level of the BQE exposed a short distance behind his house than a public walkway.