As the members of the newly formed Save the View group prepare for their first large meeting tomorrow (1/3), Gawker has written about the controversy.
If you walk through Brooklyn Bridge Park now, you will see the hulking concrete shell of Pierhouse rising up. If you stand at the end of the promenade now, in order to gaze out at the beautiful view of the Brooklyn Bridge, you will see that that view is now partially blocked by the Pierhouse condo. No longer does the promenade offer a view of a park, an iconic skyline, and the Brooklyn Bridge; it now offers a view of a park, an iconic skyline, and part of a bridge obscured by an enormous glass fortress full of people far richer than those forced to stand outside in order to enjoy the view. In a very real way, the public’s park, the public’s air, and the public’s view have been packaged and sold off to millionaires. The public can no longer even stroll through a public park without being confronted by a gleaming glass Gorgon of multimillion-dollar apartments.
As for Save the View, Claude and I attended the first meeting of the group last Saturday. They are nothing if not prepared to meet this challenge head on and find a way to curb the height of the Pierhouse. Their next meeting is scheduled for Saturday (1/3):
Save The View Now group on Saturday Jan 3, 2015 at 1:00 PM at:
Brooklyn Heights Synagogue
131 Remsen Street,
Room 2 C
— Save The Promenade (@SaveThePromenad) December 31, 2014
Photo via Carrie Hamilton