Justice Lawrence Knipel’s decision in the litigation over the obstruction of the Brooklyn Bridge view by the Pierhouse structure is best summed up in his conclusion, which begins:
The casual passerby walking along Brooklyn’s majestic Promenade is struck with an indelible impression that these buildings…are simply too large…When our government had the opportunity to significantly improve the view, a conscious decision was made not to do so, for reasons relating to economic sustainability…The decision may have been shortsighted, but it was a compromise without with Brooklyn Bridge Park might not have been created. In hindsight, this court cannot now say…that the compromise was erroneous as a matter of law.
The decision occasioned comments by interested parties: those opposed to the decision (Save The View Now, plaintiffs in the litigation; the Brooklyn Heights Association) and those in favor of it (the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation; the developers, Toll Brothers and Starwood Capital Group). These comments are included in full at the conclusion of Mary Frost’s Eagle story.