With Earth Day coming up on Sunday April 22—which aims to preserve and protect the environment—grassroots environmental organization Sierra Club posted a video offering a slew of notable public figures sharing their favorite “pieces of America.” Actor Corbin Bernsen names Yosemite National Park, “That ’70s Show” regular Laura Prepon cites Big Sur and HBO’s “True Blood” actress Kristin Bauer hearts the redwood forests of Northern California. And then there’s NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who names Brooklyn Bridge Park, “because it gives you a front row seat on one of the great harbors in the world.” See the Earth Day video on YouTube here.
Bloomberg’s pronounced adoration for BBP is ironic, given his persistent distractions to develop Governor’s Island and other areas of the city, instead of focusing on sluggish progress along the Brooklyn waterfront. Last August, Bloomberg, State Senator Daniel L. Squadron and Assembly Member Joan L. Millman finalized a plan to ensure a long-term revenue stream to pay for the park’s annual maintenance, while allowing construction to move forward.
Of the park’s 85 total planned land & water acres, 25 are complete at Piers 1 and 6, with another 10 moving ever-so-slowly forward at Pier 5 and the area between the Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges, leaving 50 acres to be built. In March 2010, the City assumed from the State responsibility for the planning, construction, maintenance and operation of the park. You tell me… aside from a pool coming this summer, is Bloomberg truly invested in Brooklyn Bridge Park’s expedient completion?