According to information received from the DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance, Kristian Roebling, a Brooklyn resident and descendant of John Roebling, designer of the Brooklyn Bridge, and of Washington and Emily Roebling, who supervised the Bridge’s construction, has joined historian David McCullogh and others in opposing Two Trees Development’s proposed Dock Street project, which would place a seventeen story building adjacent to the north side of the Bridge’s Brooklyn ramp. DNA’s press release quotes Roebling:
The Brooklyn Bridge needs to be treated with the same respect [as the Statue of Liberty]. As a long time Brooklyn resident, and as a descendant of the original designer and builder of the Bridge, I’m very disappointed that the City Council and the Mayor would even entertain this proposal. I hope every New Yorker lets their opposition to this travesty be known in the next few days and weeks by emailing, writing or calling both City Council head Christine Quinn and the Mayor.
The Dock Street project, which has been approved with modification by the City Planning Commission, is on the City Council’s agenda tomorrow.