Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Checking Back in on Brooklyn Bridge Park


When last we heard from Brooklyn Bridge Park it was summer and Sen. Hillary Clinton had said she opposed the building of luxury condos in conjunction with the proposed development, then beat a hasty retreat. In late summer, the very respected Project for Public Spaces, put the project in its Hall of Shame and placed a scathing critique on its website, calling it "a suburban-style park catering mainly to upscale residents of adjacent Brooklyn Heights and ceding control to new residents of the precendent setting, private, residential development inside the public park." Such drama has made Brooklyn Bridge Park--which is a big waterfront open space project financed by luxury condos--one of the most controversial park developments to come along in any of New York City's boroughs in a long time.

Yesterday, the always engaging streetsblog, passed on word of a press release announcing a transportation study aimed at examining "potential future means of providing access to Brooklyn Bridge Park, with an aim to reduce reliance on personal vehicles." $1 million for the study is coming from Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez, who also got funding for the development of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Initiative. There will be a public meeting about access issues for the proposed development at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4 at the auditorium at St. Francis College.

Litigation over the highrise condos proposed for the site continues, but if the development goes forward, there could eventually be a light rail line or shuttle buses or other ways for large numbers of people to get to it without cars.

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Anonymous dumbonyc said...

Great info on this post. I can only dream that BBPk will be like Vancouver's Granville Island. It has great public spaces, a great farmer's market, local crafts, stores, and brings in local people and tourists in a small-ish area. Parking is tight, but not crazy. BBPk has the luxury of more space and a long waterfront. At least it's not in the Hall of Shame after it's built, so there's still hope.

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