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    Empire Stores, Tobacco Warehouse








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    Pier 2

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    Blocking existing views?


    Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6 Towers Could Take These Shapes

    by Jeremiah Budin


    [Image via Brooklyn Heights Blog]

    The plan to build two residential towers at Pier 6 has proven controversial, even by Brooklyn Bridge Park standards, but if the development does end up happening, the above rendering, sent by a tipster to Brooklyn Heights Blog, shows what the towers might look like if they were smooth, translucent, and purple.

    Brooklyn Bridge Park has been funded since its opening in 2002 with money from condo developments in the park itself, but even with other Brooklyn Bridge Park developments selling like crazy, the future of Pier 6 remains uncertain. Mayor Bill de Blasio is facing pressure from city and state officials to halt the progress of the two buildings and change course from the Bloomberg plan for maintaining the park. However, de Blasio is also facing pressure from just about everyone to fulfill his campaign promise of dramatically increasing the city's stock of affordable housing, meaning that having the city develop more residential buildings will always remain an attractive option.

    With Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pierhouse Units Selling in Record Time, Here's What Towers at Pier 6 Look Like [BHB]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/0...ese_shapes.php

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    Looks familiar.

    There are other pieces.




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    I'm standing at the (foothills?) of the berm, where they've put down a lawn. Grass and stuff is growing through the burlap mats higher up. It's fenced off; you couldn't climb it anyway without starting a dirt avalanche.



    Also walked on the beach.


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    Re: The Sculpture ...

    Danh Vo: We The People

    Opening Saturday, May 17
    Pier 3 Uplands
    Presented by The Public Art Fund

    A major new dual-site exhibition inspired by the Statue of Liberty, “We the People” is a full-scale copper replica of the statue in 250 individual parts fabricated over the course of four years using the original techniques and materials. Visitors to the Pier 3 Greenway Terrace will encounter a never-before-exhibited section of the statue: the draped sleeve of the statue’s right arm, which holds the golden torch. This colossal, 13-piece section will be assembled into three forms and presented alongside the ear of the statue. The exhibition continues at Manhattan’s City Hall Park.

    http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/67225

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    The piece (a work in progress) was first shown in Copenhagen, then at the Chicago Art Institute in 2012 ...

    Lady Liberty, Inspiring Even in Pieces

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/ar...n-chicago.html

    ... This 37-year-old conceptual artist, who grew up in Copenhagen after his family fled Vietnam by boat in 1979 and was rescued by a Danish freighter, had never actually seen the statue when he began. But he was hooked by the discovery that its shell was so thin. “It’s such a strong icon, tracing back to so many histories, and then just discovering the fragility of it,” said Mr. Vo, a finalist for the Guggenheim’s Hugo Boss Prize this year. “I thought it would be interesting to make something that people felt so familiar with, in all the different ways that people project on the sculpture, and try to destabilize your own thinking of it.”




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    Pier 2 opened

    In keeping with the sustainability theme of the entire park, many of the elements of the PA shipping pier have been recycled.




    There's a container-type park building with lockers and restrooms.






    Shaded and open playing courts.






    Skating rink








    Turf field




    Perimeter open to bikes.




    Great views.


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    The berm looking up toward Brooklyn Heights.



    Kayak School



    The old Pier 4 floatbridge will be part of an isolated wildlife island. Osprey nest, unfurnished.




    Pierhouse


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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post
    The berm looking up toward Brooklyn Heights.
    Great photos, Zippy .

    Is that berm at risk of an avalanche or being washed away in the event of heavy rain?

    In the second photo in #755, are those little "fences" supposed to look rickety and leaning over? And what's the story with that not very attractive paving?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merry View Post
    Is that berm at risk of an avalanche or being washed away in the event of heavy rain?
    Mudslides and landslides are usually caused by a large volume of runoff from heavy rains, or undercutting across the base of a hill by a stream or river. These hills aren't high enough to generate enough momentum from water runoff, and the base of the hill is very wide.

    There is danger of topsoil erosion until the plants establish deep roots. There's a final blanket of burlap, which will disintegrate as the plants grow. You can see it on the incomplete east side. There's a lay-by lane for vehicle dropoffs, and it looks like a trail is being built.





    In the second photo in #755, are those little "fences" supposed to look rickety and leaning over?
    I think they're "keep off" fences until the plants grow.

    And what's the story with that not very attractive paving?
    The park theme is sustainability. All the rocks on the terrace are recycled from the Roosevelt Island and Willis Ave bridges.

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    Pier 3 pile repair





    Creosote was the traditional material used to preserve wood piles, but that has been banned in many states because of leeching into the water. The more modern treatment, chromated copper arsenate (CCA), contains heavy metals. The re-emergence of marine borers due to improved water quality magnified the problem.

    An effective method is now in widespread use. Reinforced fiber polymer (FRP) sleeves are placed around the piles. The sleeves are split in two to facilitate installation; two or more sleeves are usually specified with the seams offset. A grouting compound is pumped into the space between the pile and the shell. The FRP lasts a long time.

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    The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge Park

    By LIZ ROBBINS
    Aug. 1, 2014


    New buildings are planned near One Brooklyn Bridge Park, a luxury condominium.
    Todd Heisler/The New York Times

    The internal message board of the One Brooklyn Bridge Park luxury condominium is generally used to post “babysitter wanted” notes or to remind residents to pick up their dry cleaning. Last spring, residents used it to air their dirty laundry.

    When city officials said they were ready to solicit requests for proposals to develop two parcels of land north of Atlantic Avenue and directly south of the building, they altered a 2006 plan so that it would include affordable housing, for moderate- to middle-income residents. Some condo owners reacted with unfiltered fury.

    The messages expressed outrage over how the two new buildings would increase crowds in the park and cramp the already oversubscribed local public school, P.S. 8. Other residents were angry that a 31-story tower would block their views. When some people intimated that affordable housing could bring down property values, the debate took a tone that was offensive to Nina Lorez Collins, a writer and former literary agent.

    “It felt very Nimby, like ‘We don’t want poor people in the backyard,’ ” she said recently.

    “After two months of those comments, I sent out an email to everyone. I said, ‘You are making me ashamed to be your neighbor, please stop.’ ”
    The tone of the posts softened, but the uproar has not ended.

    In the largely liberal sandbox of Brooklyn Heights, the debate is not restricted to One Brooklyn Bridge Park, a former Jehovah’s Witnesses’ printing plant transformed into a condo in 2009 with the purpose of financing the park’s operations. A park activist group, Save Pier 6, has been responsible for pasting laminated fliers along Joralemon Street leading to the park; it also started an online petition against the two buildings that has gathered 3,000 signatures.

    The battle is taking place in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s home borough and among many people who might have seemed to be his core constituency. As new basketball courts and soccer fields have opened and proved wildly popular on the Brooklyn Bridge Park’s piers, the issue of private development and public authority in the park continues to divide neighbors and neighborhood associations, split some households and forge unions in others.

    This is a continuation of a battle that goes back 30 years, in which civic leaders in Brooklyn Heights fought to make a park on the shipping piers that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was ready to sell.

    “The bleeding-heart liberals, of which many of my great friends are, say we need affordable housing,” said Judi Francis, 59, who lives in Cobble Hill and is the president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund, an advocacy group that fought any kind of housing in the park.

    “Affordable housing is a noble and fine thing. But a park that has to pay for itself is not supposed to pay for the ills of the city.”

    Michael Tobman, 41, a Brooklyn-born political consultant, takes the long view. “Nobody’s wrong here,” he said. “However, nobody’s entirely right. That includes the mayor. The rest of the city, which is struggling with issues of affordable housing and poor people’s entrances and Sandy recovery, really doesn’t care what shape housing takes in what is a beautifully manicured, gorgeous city park.”

    Brooklyn Bridge Park is not like other city parks. It exists only because of a hybrid public-private model and an agreement between the state and the city that requires that the park be funded by private development.

    Gov. George E. Pataki and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg mandated in 2002 the construction of residential and commercial developments on the perimeter of what would become a 1.3-mile-long park curving along the Brooklyn waterfront from the Manhattan Bridge to Atlantic Avenue. Those buildings were to produce the revenue to cover annual operating costs and long-term maintenance. The park would pay for itself. A Modified General Project Plan, issued in 2006, laid out the parcels that would be developed.

    The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation is the nonprofit entity that operates and oversees construction at the park, with a board of directors chosen by the city and the state. In the spring, as the last two sites scheduled for development, both on Pier 6, were about to go up for bidding, it announced that because real estate values had soared along with park use, the park was in better financial shape than projected. Fewer market-rate units could be built, and some of the excess funds could be used to start paying to repair the 12,000 wooden pilings under the piers, a long-term goal.

    The new mayor saw an opportunity to chip away at his administration’s goal of adding 200,000 units of affordable housing and said 30 percent of the units in the new buildings would be set aside for lower-income tenants.

    “For us, that makes a lot of sense,” Regina Myer, the president of the park corporation, said. “It has the ability to look more like the community that we’re in.”

    If housing in the park was required to produce revenue, some neighborhood residents wondered, how could the city add units that would not contribute money?

    “People need to get out of this paradigm,” Alicia Glen, the deputy mayor for housing and economic development, said in an interview. “These are two legitimate public policy objectives we can achieve here. We are able to maintain this park and advance the public good.”

    But just as Mr. de Blasio seized an opportunity, so did opponents of his plan. A group called the People for Green Space Foundation (including several Save Pier 6 participants) formed to sue the park corporation last month.

    A judge issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting park officials from taking any action until the court could determine whether a new environmental impact study — replacing one from 2005 — was required.

    The next hearing is in September.

    “The intent is to have a supplemental environmental impact study,” said Frank Carone, a lawyer for People for Green Space.

    “I’ve told my clients that we’re not bringing litigation to stop development but to do it more carefully.”

    Mr. Carone, by the way, successfully argued in May for the State University of New York to sell Long Island College Hospital, just blocks from the park, to private developers. That also united the community — in rage, against the closing of the hospital.

    Mr. Carone insisted that his arguing for condominiums in one location and against them only blocks away was just a coincidence.

    Lori Schomp, 33, the lead plaintiff in the Brooklyn Bridge Park case, moved into the neighborhood in 2013 with her boyfriend, Martin Hale. Mr. Hale purchased a $7.6 million townhouse on Willow Place through a limited liability company, records show; he is the chairman of People for Green Space.

    The house, which is near Piers 5 and 6, was designed by the architect Joseph Merz, 86, who built his own home down the block with his wife and fellow architect, Mary Merz, a half-century ago. Mr. Merz is the other plaintiff in the suit.

    They make an odd couple of litigants — Ms. Schomp, who wants her view of the water on her frequent runs preserved, and Mr. Merz, who lectures softly on social theory, insisting on separating parkland from development.

    “There will be those maybe pointing at us, saying, ‘Aha, you don’t want low-income housing,’ ” Mr. Merz said from his sunken living room overlooking a Zen garden.

    He and his late wife developed senior housing in Buffalo, he said, and served as conservationists for Prospect Park.

    “That’s an old game because you know very well we do prefer low-income housing,” Mr. Merz continued. “But we don’t want it in the wrong place, meaning there’s a right way to build it.”

    Ms. Schomp added: “It has a higher calling as a park than as a place for a few people to live.”

    Thirty years ago, Tony Manheim was one of the first to call for the disused piers on the Brooklyn waterfront to become a park. At the time, in the 1980s, the Port Authority was planning to sell the piers and land along the East River. A former investment banker who grew up with a key to Gramercy Park, Mr. Manheim worked tirelessly in that effort from 1983, first as the president of the Brooklyn Heights Association and then as president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition. He helped form guiding principles for a park and brought in analysts to produce two studies of the economic viability of turning the piers into a park.

    “I want a bit of nature that feels like nature even if it’s man-made nature,” Mr. Manheim, 77, said recently on the balcony of his Columbia Heights rent-controlled apartment overlooking the promenade.

    After pressing his elected officials to include him, he is now one of 26 community leaders on the park’s Community Advisory Council, which recently passed a resolution urging park officials to re-examine the 2006 General Project Plan.

    A 2007 lawsuit aimed at blocking any private development in the park, brought by Ms. Francis and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund, failed.

    Her group still includes a coalition of neighborhood associations from nearby Dumbo, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens — and even from Fort Greene — and the Willowtown Association in Brooklyn Heights.

    Conspicuously absent from the coalition? The Brooklyn Heights Association, led by Judy Stanton, its executive director and a longtime community figure.

    “We have always had the position that housing is the best way to support the park,” the association’s president, Alexandra Bowie, said.

    “The Heights does not play well with others,” Ms. Francis said.

    Ms. Stanton declined to comment on that statement, but Susannah Drake, the former head of the parks committee for the Brooklyn Heights Association, said: “The Judies don’t get along.

    They’ve got two strong personalities.”

    Perhaps, Ms. Drake said, the tension between the Heights Association and neighboring groups originated from an earlier debated development — the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, built in the 1950s.

    “I always feel like it comes back to old wounds,” Ms. Drake said.

    “Cobble Hill got the trench, and Brooklyn Heights got the promenade.”

    For some park advocates, Brooklyn Bridge Park sets a dangerous precedent of private development interests running a city park. For others it is a shining model.

    “There was a great fear at the beginning — ‘Oh, no, it will be a private park for rich people,’ ” said Tupper Thomas, president of New Yorkers for Parks, an advocacy group. “That is clearly not true. They are not the major user group. There are people there from every background. It is a regional destination park and it is being funded by this housing.”

    The park corporation has not made an official count yet this summer of weekend use. Last summer, before the popular Pier 2 opened with basketball courts, handball courts, a roller-skating rink and a soccer field, the park drew as many as 108,000 people on a weekend.

    “We wouldn’t be having this debate if the park weren’t so successful,” said Steven M. Cohen, a resident of One Brooklyn Bridge Park, a board member of the park corporation and a former aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. “If we’re going to allow people the privilege of living in the park, it should be available not just to the highest bidder.”

    The dimensions of the two Pier 6 buildings, which will be built not over the piers but on uplands that are not technically parkland, were approved in the 2006 plan. One tower is to top out at 315 feet, the other at 155 feet. The buildings, with up to 430 apartments, would lie adjacent to One Brooklyn Bridge Park and would block the southern views of at least some of its residents.

    Buyers at One Brooklyn Bridge Park were made aware that the buildings would eventually be built.

    At an April meeting with park officials, residents of the building were told that all the apartments in one of the towers would be “work force housing,” which, for a four-person household, means available to those with income of $67,100 to $138,440.

    Blair Guppy, 40, a Vancouver native and landscape architect who lives in the building with his wife and children, posted his reaction on a Change.org petition sponsored by Save Pier 6: “With the mayor’s new agenda, not only did the current owners of one brooklyn get a bait & switch, but we would probably never have made the purchase had we known there would be 100% subsidized housing immediately next door.”

    In a recent interview, Mr. Guppy said: “By no means am I looking to come across as an elitist. I’m not worried about the influence on property values, but sometimes things need to be looked at.”

    At the second building meeting with the park corporation in late April, officials introduced a modification: No longer would one building be designated affordable; it would be up to the developers submitting proposals to decide the distribution of affordable apartments.

    Doug Eisenstein, 43, the condo board president, said the building’s board urged park officials to review the plan because of traffic problems at the south end of the park.

    At 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the city is holding a community meeting about the building plan at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

    Daniel L. Squadron, who became a state senator on a platform of no housing in the park, said that community members had asked the park corporation’s board to move the meeting to the evening, when more people would be able to attend, and to allow public comments at the beginning instead of the end, but that it had refused.

    “Many people feel like the park corporation is really trying to push this through,” said Andrew Barnes, 42, a resident of One Brooklyn Bridge Park, who said he felt the corporation was not being transparent about its finances.

    Ms. Myer, the president of the park corporation, said the developers’ proposals would be published on the park’s website for the public to review.

    At the coming meeting, there may be a proposal by a board member to re-examine the General Project Plan, Ms. Glen, the deputy mayor, said.

    David Kramer, an affordable-housing developer who is also on the board of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, the group responsible for the park’s programming and beautification, saw both a problem and a possible compromise.

    “Once you reopen a project plan, you open Pandora’s box,” he said. “Here we have an approved park plan that is shovel-ready. One scenario would be to stick with the park plan, and my sense is that the excess revenue could generate as much as $2 million per year.”

    The already planned market-rate units, he suggested, could go into a trust fund to be used elsewhere in the city, although not right away.

    On a recent Friday night, David Dunne, 48, a resident of Brooklyn Heights and the founder of a digital marketing company in Manhattan, stood on the park’s Pier 2, which looks out onto Lower Manhattan, watching his children play a pickup soccer game. He was concerned that the administration was being opportunistic and was not planning for the best place for affordable housing.

    Mr. Dunne said he had not heard the community outrage or seen any protest fliers.

    “I don’t think there should be a 31-story tower, or park development of any magnitude,” he said. “I renovated a 19th-century house in Brooklyn Heights. My objective was to leave Brooklyn better than it was before.”

    What, he wondered, would this mayor’s legacy be?

    Perhaps part of the legacy will be the discussion itself.

    “The debate is at times like the park,” Mr. Cohen, the park corporation member, said. “Sometimes it’s a little loud, sometimes it is a little raucous, but at the end of the day, it’s necessary.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/ny...l?ref=nyregion

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    Designs Unveiled for Controversial Brooklyn Bridge Park Sites

    August 6, 2014
    by Hana R. Alberts


    Four of 14 proposals for the two development sites at Pier 6.

    In the midst of a heated debate (and an ongoing lawsuit) over whether there should even be more housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park at all comes news that 14 different designs for two development sites near Pier 6 are under consideration. The 14 sets of renderings for the affordable towers were submitted by some very big-name architects, from Bjarke Ingels Group to H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture to FXFOWLE and many more, following a request for proposals in May. The Journal was first to publish details of the plans, which Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation members will discuss at a meeting today.

    Seeing as how that meeting is slated to be staked out by protesters rallying against high-rise construction in the park, and the Times devoted a bunch of words to unpacking the scuffle just this past weekend, it seems that—despite these shiny new renderings—this project won't scurry along to completion as speedily as its wildly successful condo neighbors to the north, One Brooklyn Bridge Park and the under-construction Pierhouse.

    Newly released this morning: a a design presentation (warning: PDF!) on the Brooklyn Bridge Park website containing the renderings, schematics, and architects for all 14 proposals.

    Before we get to the 14 proposals, though, let's get situated. This is the precise location of the two towers' sites. Pier 6 is directly west of where Atlantic Avenue ends at the BQE. The first site is closer to the water, right next to One Brooklyn Bridge Park (which is pictured in most of the renderings), and can be up to 315 feet (about 31 stories) with 290 apartments. Meanwhile, the second site is set back from the water and will be shorter. Its maximum height is 155 feet (15 or so stories), with 140 residential units and ground-floor retail.

    The 14 proposals

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    From a standpoint of benefit to the surrounding area, the Pier 6 towers would be a bigger asset than the Pierhouse development at Pier 1.

    This section of Atlantic Ave-Columbia St looks desolate. These buildings were renovated several years ago, but the stores are still empty. They're not close to the subway, and there is little pedestrian traffic.

    Even One Brooklyn Bridge Park has no retail.

    The north end of the park doesn't need Pierhouse. The area is booming. The long ignored buildings on Old Fulton St are now being renovated; the lease at longtime Pete's Restaurant wasn't renewed, and a Shake Shack moved in.

    But Pierhouse is more $$$$.

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