BHB’s Sarah Portlock is on the scene today at the New York City Council Land Use Committee hearing on the Dock Street DUMBO project.
Curbed posts a fascinating “open letter” from Jed Walentas to the celebrity opponents of the project. It cites “an independent investigation by the Brooklyn Paper” which found “no substantial impact” on public views of the bridge. Take that, celebrities!
Councilman Yassky’s fierce press machine sent us this quotsky from the meeting:
“The Dock Street proposal would fundamentally alter the enriching experience of the millions of visitors and New Yorkers who come to enjoy one of our nation’s greatest landmarks – the Brooklyn Bridge,” Council Member Yassky said. “Absent a truly diligent site search by the School Construction Authority, Brooklynites are being presented with a false choice between a much-needed school for Downtown Brooklyn and a disastrous development project. Given this moment of economic uncertainty, I urge the Council Land Use Committee to reject this proposal.”
The DUMBO Neighborhood Association press juggernaut has serviced a few clever bon mots from opponents including this from filmmaker Ken Burns that was “entered into the record”:
“In unexpected and wonderful ways, the Brooklyn Bridge captures the essence of the human spirit and it has become an enduring symbol in American culture of strength, vitality, ingenuity and promise. Especially in times like these, NOTHING, literally, should get in the way of that beautiful work of art.”