The New York Times reports that the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has called off its naming contest for the lawn at Pier 6. The paper reports that the BBPC did so after a movement began to name the area after war photographer/DUMBO resident Chris Hondros who was killed two years ago in Libya. The conservancy claims that the spirit (and the rules) of the contest was to name the lawn after flower or other topographical inspirations. The Times says over 200 people voted for naming it after Hondros.
NYT: But when a campaign to name the lawn for Chris Hondros, a war photographer from Brooklyn who died two years ago, gathered steam, the conservancy backpedaled. Then on Tuesday, it decided just to call the whole thing off.
“While the idea of naming a lawn in memory of someone is certainly a lovely idea, we’re keenly aware that there are so many deserving and special Brooklyn residents to memorialize, and it felt like naming the lawn for one person isn’t fully representative of that,” said Nancy Webster, executive director of the conservancy, a nonprofit group that supports the 1.3-mile waterfront park.