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Old Posted Jul 18, 2014, 5:12 PM
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These neighbors need to be . They really are afraid of more people living near them. Typical NIMBY's. Always with the environmental studies.
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Neighbors Sue Over Mayor’s Plan for Affordable Housing in Brooklyn Bridge Park



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A judge today will hear a motion to block the city from selecting a developer to build housing towers on two remaining empty lots on Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Neighbors are suing the Brooklyn Bridge Park corporation to require them to perform a new environmental impact study to replace the one that was done in 2005, reported The Wall Street Journal.

Residents and pols have been requesting a reduction in the height and size of the 16-story and 31-story towers for years, whose revenues will pay for the park. But de Blasio changed the plan to include 30 percent affordable housing. Neighbors and elected officials have said they would rather see no housing or less housing in this spot.

“The suit also said the original plans required that housing be developed only if it was needed to pay for the park,” said the story.

State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblywoman Joan Millman and City Council Members Steve Levin and Brad Lander sent a letter in June requesting a public meeting to discuss alternatives to the plan but have had no response from the city, said a separate story in The New York Daily News.

“This is a bad plan,” Squadron told the paper. “It’s frustrating that in addition to a plan that doesn’t make a lot of sense, they’re unwilling to even engage the public.” After the story was published, a park spokeswoman said the meeting is in the planning process and will take place in August.
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Old Posted Jul 18, 2014, 5:38 PM
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I'm curious as to why they need a height reduction? What quantifiable, legitimate reasons do they have? (Yes, that's a rhetorical question)

The 30% affordable housing requirement is rubbish as always. Affordable housing should be located in less expensive areas, not on prime waterfront land, unless lower Manhattan views and top tier appliances are a civil right now.

I don't know which group is worse, the insufferable NIMBY crowd or the economics challenged affordable housing folk.
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I'm curious as to why they need a height reduction? What quantifiable, legitimate reasons do they have? (Yes, that's a rhetorical question)

The 30% affordable housing requirement is rubbish as always. Affordable housing should be located in less expensive areas, not on prime waterfront land, unless lower Manhattan views and top tier appliances are a civil right now.

I don't know which group is worse, the insufferable NIMBY crowd or the economics challenged affordable housing folk.
Makes sense to me - most developers will be loathe to put up any actual affordable housing if the could instead build market rate, no matter the location of the lot. So, how do you get them to house the coming masses when every space is at a premium? Require them to build affordable housing in exchange for cooperation on the mayors behalf!

Remember, folks: The free market will not build an affordable city if it doesn't have to.
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I'm curious as to why they need a height reduction? What quantifiable, legitimate reasons do they have? (Yes, that's a rhetorical question)

The 30% affordable housing requirement is rubbish as always. Affordable housing should be located in less expensive areas, not on prime waterfront land, unless lower Manhattan views and top tier appliances are a civil right now.

I don't know which group is worse, the insufferable NIMBY crowd or the economics challenged affordable housing folk.
Yes lets locate all the affordable housing somewhere far away. We can give it a cool name, like " Le Ghetto"
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From my visit to NYC this week. A few updates of the Pierhouse project.





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The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge Park



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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.

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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?

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“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.
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They should probably build affordable housing elsewhere and upzone that one spot to get people interested to build there. I think 8th avenue between 40-58th streets would be the right area.

The Rui Hotel is a disappointment considering it's right in the heart of Times Square and near multiple subway lines. If a parcel is upzoned, then the below-market rate renters won't live so far away from Manhattan Island. Everyone would be a winner.
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Yes lets locate all the affordable housing somewhere far away. We can give it a cool name, like " Le Ghetto"
People don't deserve to live in desirable areas. They are free to earn enough money to do so.

The lack of total affordable housing coupled with poor education do far more damage to lower income folk than not being able to live in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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Living in the Mix
Affordable Housing in New York’s Luxury Buildings


By JULIE SATOWAUG. 29, 2014

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Like most New Yorkers who live in close quarters, tenants in mixed-income buildings rarely socialize beyond a polite nod of the head or a brief wave. And while they may live in the same neighborhood, they tend to patronize different stores — Mr. Omar, for example, does his food shopping at Western Beef, a grocery store on West 16th, where prices are a far cry from the $5 iced coffees at the Chelsea Market across the street.

Yet while they may not overlap often, there is occasional friction between the two groups. At the Westminster, for example, Mr. Amico said he has heard some grumbling about the tenants hanging out in the lobby, and notices have been posted reminding residents of proper lobby etiquette, although a spokeswoman for the building’s owner, the Related Companies, said she knew of no complaints.

For Mr. Deese, who is African-American and stands at an imposing 6-foot-1, there have been some uncomfortable moments. He and a friend were walking out of Mr. Deese’s apartment and down the hallway when a white neighbor, seeing them approach, “slammed her front door, locking all the locks,” he said. “It was ridiculous, because the door locks automatically when you close it, so no one ever uses the extra locks.”

Mr. Omar, who only just moved into the AVA High Line, is still a bit self-conscious of his status. “If there was a building-wide social event, like drinks or something, I would go, but I would want to bring a friend,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to show up and stand out, like, ‘Oh, there goes the low-income guy.’ ”

Matt Amico is a market-rate tenant of the Westminster, a mixed-income building on West 20th Street. If sharing space with people who have won a housing lottery isn’t O.K. with you, he says, “then you won’t go there.” Credit Richard Perry/The New York Times
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New renderings and photos show Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5 uplands are almost complete



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You won’t need to see more than a few renderings and photos of new park space slated for Brooklyn Bridge Park to feel ready for summertime. First posted by Curbed from the park’s landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, renderings show the final design for one of the last undeveloped sections of the park between Montague and Joralemon streets. Known as the Pier 5 uplands, the hilly green space will be comprised of a stepped lawn, shaded grove, waterfront seating and new entrance off Joralemon Street. A sound-dampening berm will reduce noise from the nearby roadways. And it’s all on track to wrap construction right before summer.


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Two new buildings are also a part of the uplands work. There will be a boathouse to host the park’s free community programs, as well as a larger operational facility that includes a horticulture lab. (Also, more public restrooms.) The stretch of Furman Street, which runs below the BQE, will be improved for guests to enter the buildings or the park.

A small bridge will connect the uplands to the “picnic peninsula” below, which was designed as a more active space within Pier 5. Besides outdoor grills and seating, this area has a playground and soccer fields.

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New Close-Up Revealed For 28-Story “Quay Tower” Coming To Brooklyn Bridge Park



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A new close-up rendering has been revealed of the Brooklyn Bridge Park condominium project, now officially known as Quay Tower. The 28-story building will be located at the southern end of Pier 6, in Brooklyn Bridge Park, along the East River. The project, designed by ODA Architecture’s Eran Chen, will offer residents permanently unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline, New York Harbor, East River, as well as the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.

The building is being developed through a joint venture between RAL Companies, Oliver’s Realty Group, and Vanke US. The site is the former home of the Brooklyn Heights Library, which was demolished in April of last year to make way for the project.

The tower will offer up a total of 126 residential units as well as two retail spaces, and a STEM lab operated by the City’s Department of Education.

The condominiums will range from two to five bedrooms and are tailored towards the side of spacious luxury. Prices are expected to start around $1.9 million for the smallest two-bedroom configurations, and range all the way up to $5.5 million for the most spacious five-bedroom residences.
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Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 housing makes its mark on the skyline



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It’s been a busy year at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 uplands. The two residential towers that began to rise in the park nearly a year ago are now fixtures on the skyline—and if you haven’t seen that for yourself, new photos of the buildings from construction site chronicler Field Condition show just how far the projects have come.

The shorter of the two developments, the mixed-income building at 15 Bridge Park Drive, topped out earlier this year at 15 stories. The taller—and more contentious—of the two buildings, at 50 Bridge Park Drive, has now reached the 20th of its 28 floors and is scheduled to top out later this spring.

The facade of no. 15 has been installed up to the third floor on some parts of the building. The mixed-income building will hold 100 affordable apartments and 40 market rate apartments, and is expected to open in the spring of 2019.

The development at 50 Bridge Park Drive, now called Quay Tower, had been the focus of much litigation by the Brooklyn Heights Association, who maintained that the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation was in violation of the initial agreement to build as little housing in the park as necessary. BBPC maintained it needed the funds the additional housing at Pier 6 would provide to keep up the timber piles supporting the East River pier, which are being “devoured by wood eating crustaceans.”
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