June 6, 2016
NYC Comptroller Writes to Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation PDF of Letter
Dr. President Myer, I write to express my concern over the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Park development at Pier 6... now is not the time to rush forward... " PDF of Letter
June 5, 2016
Letter from Fred Kent of Project for Public Spaces
Alternative community design for the future of Pier 6. PDF of Letter
In my professional career of over 40 years, I have had the opportunity to study waterfronts all over the world that truly are great community destinations. Unfortunately, in my own neighborhood, I have rarely seen such a perfect storm of bad design as Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park...
Press Release Dear DeBlasio... why don't you love parks? !!
Communities and Local Officials Astonished and Dismayed at City Plan for Unnecessary and Unwarranted Housing on Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park in Face of Looming Questions on Back Room Deal by City
Dear Board Members:
We are pleased to enclose for your review and consideration three new reports that bear on the question of whether any new residential development is needed on Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park (“Park”). Two of the enclosed reports address the Park’s financial circumstances, and one discusses the technical and economic aspects of the new “preventative” maintenance plan recently announced by management of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (“BBPC”). As you will see, the enclosed reports raise serious questions about the reasonableness of BBPC’s financial model and the appropriateness of its newly-proposed maintenance program. Taken together, these reports cast significant doubt on whether any development at Pier 6 is necessary for BBPC to achieve its financial objectives....
Hello Everyone! Happy November!
We have an update!
PFGSF handed out this Open Letter at the CAC last night. The Park Corp paid consultant Barbara Denham to review its model, and then testified to Empire State Development using her report as a seal of approval. BUT, Ms. Denham used the wrong tax numbers (verifiably off by 50%+), and the comparable properties that she used are not “high-end residential buildings” as she claimed… unless she thinks 25 joralemon street is a high end building. This tiny building has a DOF market value of $1.5 million and was built in 1907.
This letter to the BBPC board provides the data and asks the Park Corp to redact the Denham report and revise its public testimony accordingly. It is just not right for the “fact checker” to make such blatant errors. This is readily-available info that is supposed to be the basis of her work. This episode also demonstrates how important it is for the Park Corp to publicly release its financial model and the other information given to Ms. Denham.
Transparency needed! Share our letter! Write Governor Cuomo!
Have a beautiful fall playing outdoors in Brooklyn Bridge Park!
Hello!!! Are you here to email the Govvy?!! Hooray!
[will] Andrew Cuomo for [be our] Park Savior ... ?!?XO?@?I!
Some sample email messages!!!
Sample message #1: "Governor Cuomo: Build no more housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park. New York State has long promised to build no more housing than is necessary to fund the park. Please honor this promise, and stand up for parks and the millions of park visitors.”
Sample message #2: "Governor Cuomo: Public parks matter. Please stop the towers planned in Brooklyn Bridge Park. We need more green space given the development boom in the area. These condos don't belong at the entrance of a great park, nor in a flood zone, especially when there will be no school seats for miles."
Write here!!! https://www.governor.ny.gov/contact
Much love and admiration to all,
Please tell our Governor why you are writing?
My muse, because
* I heart BBP and playing with kids in BBP
* I dream of hugging trees in BBP
* I dream of trees and shade at Pier 6
* Let's not turn Pier 6 into a concrete jungle and future site of the next King Kong remake!
* We, the people, love public space in Brooklyn
* DO IT FOR THE KIDS!
* We are going confidently in the direction of our PARK DREAMS!
* Keep Calm, and Tree Plant On
* Build It and They are COMING!
* Let this be the beginning of funding for #ParkEquity
* Here comes the story of a hurricane (flood zone and first responders are already needed elsewhere in this city)
* For the millions of current and future park visitors
* Show us the money! [Park Corp books]!
* Because I love data and I can do math and "nothing has changed since your 10 year-old master plan" doesn't add up
* For cities as places to live, work, eat and play and enjoy mental and physical health
* No sleep till trees in Brooklyn!
* Because a grand park entrance should, "Have you at hello."
* I support health-in-all-policies! and urban planning!
New and important!
".... But that speaks to a deeper incoherence suffered by the proposal before you. Is this General Project Plan’s goal to build open space? Or to achieve other goals?"
"...Government at all levels is faced with difficult choices as it allocates scarce resources. Among all of these important needs, parks almost never come out on top. The tone of this debate is a stark reminder of that. It’s too bad."
"Dear Mr. Cohen (as Chair of the BBPDC):
The People for Green Space Foundation Inc. is writing to share its critique of the latest financial projections from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBPC). The BBPC’s own numbers imply that the park is breakeven over fifty years, and imply over one billion dollars in cash payments to the city over the life of the project.
Once adjusted for the “conservatism” in the park analysis, we believe that it is likely that the city will receive more than $10 billion dollars in proceeds from the sale of parkland in a flood zone. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation has a long-standing commitment to minimize development in this park and has made a public promise to reduce development if market conditions allow. Financial analysis is essential to environmental analysis for this park given its unique structure.
Please use above link to letter PDF.
"...We thought it would be helpful to explain to you and the public at large a few key features of the settlement path to which we agreed and the larger context in which this settlement has taken place, in which increasingly senior leaders are becoming more involved..."
THE PUBLIC WILL NOW HAVE ITS SAY ON THE UNNECESSARY PRIVATE REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE ENTRANCE OF BROOKLYN’S PARK
"The agreement reached today and its related side letter lay out the public process for the Park Corporation to seek state approval to change the original vision for the park as embodied in the General Project Plan and related documents and to justify the loss of park space forever at Pier 6..."
Link to Settlement Agreement
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How is the Park Corp justifying building at Pier 6? "When All Else Fails, Raise Expenses In a Long-Term Model No One Has Seen!"
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Letters from our elected representatives, October 6, 2014 read letter
Brooklyn Bridge Park: (Updated) Cash Flow Analysis Showing Park is Already Overfunded Prepared for CAC Meeting on September 17, 2014
August 18, 2014 BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK DOES NOT NEED HIGHRISE CONSTRUCTION ON PIER 6 TO FULLY FUND ITS MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS read press release
August 6, 2014 THE BATTLE OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK -- PARKS ARE FOR ALL NEW YORKERS read press release
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Outer Borough No More by Morgan Pehme, Editor-in-Chief, City & State NY