Standing Together: Council Member Levin on Brooklyn Bridge Park Development

From the Brooklyn Daily Eagle:

A standing-room-only crowd filled St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church on Montague Street for a town hall held Wednesday night to update Brooklyn Heights residents about raging development controversies in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

These include two controversial towers at the Pier 6 end of the park – which advocates say are unnecessary to support the park -- the mountain-sized Pierhouse hotel/residential complex, which appears to be jutting into the protected Scenic View District, and the partial blocking of the view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Promenade.

Councilmember Levin said it was remarkable how many people were involved in these issues. “Look at this – hundreds of people. It’s galvanized the community.”

In an affidavit in support of the case filed by Save The View Now, Levin, who sits on the board of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBPC), said that board members were never given important information about decisions made by the developer regarding how the Scenic View District sightlines were calculated.

The Scenic View District is a fan-shaped area extending from the Promenade with sightlines including Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and East River bridges. According to the coalition lawsuit, a 20-foot section of the Pierhouse hotel/residential complex under construction at Pier 1 juts into the Scenic View District.

While the Zoning Resolution mandates that “Point A,” used to calculate the district, be located along the western face of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, the developer chose to locate that point “in the middle of thin air hanging over the BQE [Brooklyn-Queens Expressway],” Levin said, allowing Pierhouse to encroach into the protected area.

“We’re still awaiting the response of [State Supreme Court Justice Lawrence Knipel],” Levin said. “I’m hopeful ultimately truth will prevail.”