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    Quote Originally Posted by Gulcrapek
    Is Pier 4 the one that looks like a piece of rotten driftwood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clarknt67
    Quote Originally Posted by Gulcrapek
    Is Pier 4 the one that looks like a piece of rotten driftwood?
    I recently heard mention that Pier 4 is the last surviving pier from an earlier generatoin (perhaps original) piers. Which explains why it's so different looking. It's probably going to become a fishing pier in plan.

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    I didn't think there was anything worth salvaging from it... but if they say so then I'll see it one day.

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    Default City Commits Bridge Park funds

    I typed this in, so typos reflect on my abilities rather than the Brooklyn Papers.

    Brooklyn Papers Feb. 28th
    by Deborah Kolben

    Brooklyn Bridge Park, the 70-acre commercial and recreational development along the Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo waterfront, moved one step closer to reality this week when the city reached an agreement to turn over $65 million for design and construction costs.

    “This is huge,” said Sharon Soons, a spokeswoman for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition, an independent non-profit group of 60 organizations that has been involved with the project’s planning for almost 15 years.

    The difference between the city year’s old pledge of the money and what was announced this week is that the city has now signed an agreement that enables the money to flow from the city budget to Brooklyn Bridge Park, said Economic Development Corporation spokeswoman Janel Patterson. Construction is slated for completion within a decade.

    In December, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced an agreement to kick in $85 million in construction costs and agreed to turn over piers 1, 2, 3, and 5. between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue once an environmental impact statement is completed.

    The 1.3-mile development, stretching from Jay Street near the Manhattan Bridge to Atlantic Avenue is part of a far-reaching plan to transform a stretch of the formerly industrial and maritime Brooklyn waterfront. In September, a small segment of the park opened in DUMBO.

    Operation and maintenance of the project’s park component will be funded in part by revenue generated from commercial properties associated with the project.

    Developer Shaya Boymelgreen will be converting the vacant Empire Stores, a row of Civil War-era brick warehouses fronting the Empire-Fulton Ferry Park and Water Street between Main and Dock Streets, into a Chelsea Market-like commercial complex.

    Designed for general storage and distribution of spices, tobacco and coffee arriving from around the world, the complex is slated to house a mix of galleries and stores.

    “The public good that Brooklyn Bridge Park provides and has the potential to provide is worth every penny of the city’s support,” said Evan Thies, a spokesman for City Councilman David Yassky, whose district includes a portion of the site.

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    Default GOP plans huge Brooklyn Bridge Park bash

    By Deborah Kolben
    The Brooklyn Papers

    When the Republican National Convention rolls into town this summer, Manhattan won’t be the only borough getting a piece of the action. While Madison Square Garden will host the four-day extravaganza, Brooklyn ’s trendy DUMBO neighborhood is a likely diversion, The Brooklyn Papers has learned.

    Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in DUMBO, tucked between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridge overpasses, will be the site of a Grand Old Party-sponsored blowout bash for the nearly 15,000 news media personnel coming to town, according to sources working on the plans. “That ’s a lot of people,” said Sharon Soons, a member of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition, an advocacy group for a planned 1.3-mile recreational and commercial waterfront development that would include Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park. And the party is just one piece of the pie.

    Marty Golden,one of three Republican state senators in New York City, is trying to lure the GOP to southern Brooklyn with the promise of baseball and hotdogs. A delegate dinner at Gargiulio’s, a Brooklyn Cyclones baseball game and a trip to Nathan ’s Famous, all in Coney Island, top the list Golden submitted to the New York City Host Committee, a nonpartisan group working with convention planners. “Senators, governors, and high-ranking members of Congress will be walking our streets and seeing our sites and we want to welcome them so that Brooklyn is something they want to come see again,”said John Quaglione,a spokesman for Golden. Meanwhile, Councilman James Oddo, the minority leader and one of just three Republicans in the City Council, hopes to lure the Texan president to a “quintessential Italian Sunday dinner in Bensonhurst.”

    Even Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, a lifelong Democrat,is fighting to bring Republicans across the bridge. “Marty Markowtiz welcomes everybody to Brooklyn,”said Markowitz spokeswoman Sharon Toomer. The Republican National Convention, the first to be held in New York City, will run from Aug.30 to Sept.2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clarknt67
    Meanwhile, Councilman James Oddo, the minority leader and one of just three Republicans in the City Council, hopes to lure the Texan president to a “quintessential Italian Sunday dinner in Bensonhurst.”
    I suppose it's too much to hope that would include a good old fashion whacking?

    How about if Oddo just smacks Dubya's hair like the dad in Saturday Night Fever did Travolta's? :wink:

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    It is not surprising that many people support the construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park, 70 acres of new parkland that would extend a mile south of the Manhattan Bridge. The park, after all, would remove unsightly buildings along the piers, which remain as relics of obsolete maritime industry, and help revive the neighborhood economy
    What an odd statement. I wasn't aware the "neighborhood" economy needed reviving. There almost no available apartments in the Height/DUMBO area and almost no empty storefronts.


    The Park is so far off as to offer no relief to the immediate regional recession.

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    Watchtower building sold

    The Jehovah's Witnesses have made a deal to sell their 1 million-square-foot building on the Brooklyn waterfront to RAL Development Services, a residential development company.

    The purchase price for the 12-story building, at 360 Furman St., was not disclosed. The religious group's Watchtower Bible and Tract Society had been handling worldwide shipping and distribution of Bibles and religious literature from the facility, but is relocating those operations to other buildings in Brooklyn and upstate New York. It will remain as a tenant in the building for one year.

    RAL says it will coordinate development of the building, which was built in 1928, with the city's and state's plans to develop the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Manhattan-based RAL recently converted the former Arthur A, Levitt state office building at 270 Broadway to a residential and commercial use building, with 39 luxury condominiums.

    Copyright 2004, Crain Communications, Inc

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    Historic fireboat John J. Harvey passing Brooklyn Bridge Park. 2 October 2004.

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    A new segment of the park is nearing completion - under the Manhattan Bridge to Adams and John Sts. The shoreline will be natural, with rocks and a sandy cove.

    View north from the completed section. There are two lots remaining near the white building on the left. At Jay St, there is a small water inlet (the current plan boundary).Beyond is a large Con Ed transformer field that the park website states may become avilable in the future for park use.

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    Nice. I'm glad they kept that tree on the waters edge. (first photo)

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    Errrr...I'm not so sure that tree is going to stay. They have not begun any landscaping. I don't know what kind of tree it is, but the only places I have seen them is long abandoned lots. It may actually be a weed. Weed or not, it looks good.

    There is quite a bit of construction activity in the area. To the right of the last photo (Washington St?), a warehouse is being converted. The lot next to Pete's Restaurant (Water St under the Brooklyn Bridge) is finally getting a 3 storey building.

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    December 24, 2004

    Brooklyn Waterfront Park Inches Closer


    Rendering of Brooklyn Bridge Park, which officials are set to approve.

    After several false starts, state and city officials are set to sign off on a new, final master plan for the Downtown Brooklyn waterfront that would include playing fields, a marina, stores and a new residential and commercial hub at the foot of Atlantic Avenue.

    The plan for the 1.3-mile shoreline park from Dumbo to Cobble Hill is a crucial step forward for an often contentious decade-long effort to develop the area, an effort that has frequently fallen victim to community disagreements and bureaucratic delays. This time around, officials believe that they have broken the logjam and can finally move ahead with the park.

    The design scheme, by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, calls for a succession of hills, open plazas and recreation zones snaking along the water and a series of canals and boardwalks winding around and above the piers. The development would include shaded sports fields atop existing piers, 10 acres of water for kayakers, marshland habitats, playgrounds, restaurants and stores. A new hotel with housing would go up near the Brooklyn Bridge, as well as residential developments in Dumbo and on Atlantic Avenue.

    The plans being prepared by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation will open the formal design phase and allow an environmental review to be completed, which would, officials hope, enable the corporation to take possession of land for the project by sometime next year. Then, construction could begin.

    "It represents a lot," Charles A. Gargano, chairman of the Empire State Development Corporation, said of this latest phase. "We had to figure out what we could build with the money that we had available, and then we had to know how much revenue we would be getting" from the restaurants and other retail outlets.

    Officials at the development corporation "not only want to have a park that people will like, but they want to use this unusual occasion to also build a great park," said Mr. Van Valkenburgh, whose firm is also working on part of Hudson River Park on the West Side of Manhattan. To create something "like the romantic parks of Olmsted and Vaux" meant thinking about how to make a great park that reflects "what's different about the time we live in and who we are."

    To that end, Mr. Van Valkenburgh and his team have planned a park that could easily accommodate several kinds of activities, he said, while overcoming the physical limitations of the long, skinny space and its marginal location under the roaring Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

    Some of the new buildings and structures, for instance, would function as landmarks that, like the bridges, would help orient visitors in the park and draw them through it. Walkways that run below the piers would bring people down to the water and away from the noise of the highway. The businesses associated with the park would cover the costs of maintaining it, officials said, as well as make it into an all-weather attraction.

    "We see building a spectacular park there as having tremendous economic value," said Joshua J. Sirefman, director of the mayor's office of economic development and rebuilding. "This is a critical piece of making it a great destination," he added, calling it a "major driver for activity" on the waterfront.

    Several times since the completion of the first master plan, in 2000, construction seemed to be about to start. On a raw spring day in 2002, for example, Gov. George E. Pataki and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg joined a bevy of other officials on an East River pier in Brooklyn to announce the formation of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation and the commitment of $85 million in state funds and $65 million from the city to build the park.

    Groundbreaking was to begin in a year, they said then, and the park would take eight more years to complete. A little more than a year later, the development corporation released a design scheme, called the Concept Plan, which built on the first master plan.

    Within a few months, a parking lot where the city built a playground in 2001 was transformed into a park, and it seemed that a ribbon of green snaking from Jay Street to Atlantic Avenue would soon come into view.

    Officials concede that there have been delays and point to the complications of acquiring the land for the park. They say things have progressed more quickly since Wendy Leventer quietly replaced James Moogan as president of the development corporation in March. Still, speed in creating an 80-acre waterfront park is a relative concept.

    "Because we're government, we don't do anything in under a year," Ms. Leventer said. Once the environmental study is completed, probably by next fall, officials said, the corporation can begin identifying developers and making deals.

    "We're thinking that if we're lucky there's not going to be a shovel in the ground until '08, just because that's the way the timing goes," Ms. Leventer said, adding that construction would take another three to four years.

    "Which," Mr. Van Valkenburgh added, "is pretty fast."

    Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company

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    I was just looking for updates about this 2 days ago. Seems the revised maintenance updates are set at around $15mil per year, hence the hotel, apartments, etc. I also heard that Brooklyn Brewery might move to Pier 1 (the large, mostly commercial pier) and have a beer garden, etc.

    The whole plan is so friggin' amazing that I really wish it would just hurry up already.

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