Neighbors Sue Over Mayor’s Plan for Affordable Housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park

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A judge today will hear a motion to block the city from selecting a developer to build housing towers on two remaining empty lots on Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Neighbors are suing the Brooklyn Bridge Park corporation to require them to perform a new environmental impact study to replace the one that was done in 2005, reported The Wall Street Journal.

Residents and pols have been requesting a reduction in the height and size of the 16-story and 31-story towers for years, whose revenues will pay for the park. But de Blasio changed the plan to include 30 percent affordable housing. Neighbors and elected officials have said they would rather see no housing or less housing in this spot.

“The suit also said the original plans required that housing be developed only if it was needed to pay for the park,” said the story.

State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman and City Council Members Steve Levin and Brad Lander sent a letter in June requesting a public meeting to discuss alternatives to the plan but have had no response from the city, said a separate story in The New York Daily News.

“This is a bad plan,” Squadron told the paper. “It’s frustrating that in addition to a plan that doesn’t make a lot of sense, they’re unwilling to even engage the public.” After the story was published, a park spokeswoman said the meeting is in the planning process and will take place in August.

Housing Battle in Brooklyn Park [WSJ]
Pols Opposed to Brooklyn Bridge Park Housing Say Their Requests Have Gone Ignored [NY Daily News]
Image via Brooklyn Bridge Park

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13 Comment

  • Fuck you loser middle class New Yorkers! You’re not rich, go away, live elsewhere! We’ll call you when we need someone not as good as us to do shit we choose not to.

  • It would be better without buildings frankly, but if the buildings pay for the park’s upkeep then affordable housing prob is better suited at Atlantic Yards. Middle Class people need housing but not waterfront views.

    • Exactly. This location is best sauited to produce as much property taxes as possible.

      • David, on Saturday, I walked the dogs past the new residential building on Pier 1, and it appears as though the view from all of their front windows is NOT the river and the skyline and Brooklyn Bridge, but that giant berm on Pier 1 planted with grass and trees. I would not be paying those prices to stare at a berm, let alone all the riff raff strolling past, see, e.g., my comment to halvewit.)
        (It also appears when looking from the Squibb Park Bridge that one of the buildings is going up crooked, but that’s another matter.)

  • ” Middle Class people need housing but not waterfront views”
    I’m sure they’ll put the ‘middle class units’ facing the street.

  • PS, as long as the buildings on Pier 6 don’t block my perfect view of the July 4th fireworks, I’m fine with them.

    • your view of the fireworks in from some barstool at some atlantic avenue dive watching the tv. so unless you fall off the stool drunk — nobody will block your view.

  • The Park isnt that great anymore, anyway. I went last weekend to sit by the water and relax. All I could hear were the kids screaming from over at the Pier 2 fields. They over-developed the park — waaaay too many different activities in one place.

    On housing — not sure what the other commenter is talking about re: Pier 1. All the building front windows look out on to the grassy part of the park and the river and skyline beyond.