Thursday, July 30th at 6 PM at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, is the last chance for your voice to be heard on housing inside of Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP). We urgently request you come out and speak against the 31 and 15 story towers planned for Pier 6 in the park, at its Atlantic Ave entrance. If you can’t make it . . .
Current regulations only allow new apartment buildings in the Park that would be necessary to fund the park and its upkeep. However, funds generated from these last two housing towers are not needed to fund the park. The city wants to change the plan (called a Modified General Project Plan or MGPP) to eliminate the restriction of building housing only for “financial need”.
Huge changes have occurred in this neighborhood: There are 12,500 new apartments not planned 10 years ago and the resulting school overcrowding, along with no new transit and a reduction in bus service, the loss of our hospital, no new fire or police service, and neither sewer nor electrical grid improvements. Also, this area is in a flood zone that has been ignored by the city and state in their quest to build housing inside the park.
The park itself is now at a breaking point with visitors reaching over 100,000 on a weekend day. This will only increase given the magnificent harbor views and huge increases in population with no new parklands to accommodate residents, let along tourists who represent almost half of all BBP visitors.
Eliminating these unneeded towers will give back 3 arces of park at this critical entrance.
Please join our coalition which have long-advocated the park without housing. The Brooklyn Heights Association has also now joined our cry for no more housing.
Please come and bring a friend. Even if you do not testify, your presence will tell the city and state that you want more park, not more housing.
(Judi Francis is President of the BBP Defense Fund. The BBPDF Coalition includes the Atlantic Ave Betterment Association, the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association, the Cobble Hill Association, DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance, Ft. Greene Association, Park Slope Neighbors,Vinegar Hill Association, the Willowtown Association, NYC Park Advocates, Project for Public Spaces, and the Sierra Club. We are pleased to add Save the View, Save Pier 6 and the Brooklyn Heights Association to our list of new supporters against Pier 6 housing.