Construction on 1 Hotel and the Pierhouse condos in Brooklyn Bridge Park is free to proceed and finish up, New York State Supreme Court Judge Knipel decided Wednesday. His written decision, which you can read here (link will download PDF), found that although the structure is blocking part of the view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade in defiance of a 2005 community agreement, it is not breaking any laws. Also, the suit was brought too late, he said.
The lawsuit turned on the definition of what constitutes a building and whether or not the bulkhead counts. The park’s modified General Plan is silent on the matter, but architectural practice in general typically does not count rooftop structures such as bulkheads as part of the building itself, the judge’s decision said.
Above and below, Pierhouse construction late last month. Click through to see email statements from all the lawsuit parties.