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New York City Council Approves Dock Street Development Near Brooklyn Bridge
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Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Email The Author: pr@nthp.org
Website: http://www.nthp.org

The National Trust sent out a national advocacy alert out on Monday requesting advocates contact New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Mayor Michael Bloomberg and ask them to reject the Dock Street development proposal that would adversely impact the historic integrity of the Brooklyn Bridge.

On June 4th, a development company in Brooklyn gained significant ground in their effort to build a seventeen-story residential tower right next to the Brooklyn Bridge when the City Council's Land Use Committee voted to approve it by a 40-9 vote. The wide margin was attributed to Speaker Christine Quinn's influential support for the project. It was particularly unfortunate and unusual that the vote went this way over the objections of the Councilmember representing the DUMBO district, David Yassky, who virtually pleaded with his fellow members to join him in opposing the project at the last hearing. Soaring over the low-scale historic neighborhood that surrounds the bridge on the Brooklyn waterfront, the Dock Street development proposal would rise within 98 feet of the bridge, towering over the level of the bridge’s roadbed and significantly encroaching upon the bridge's historic profile, which would diminish the essential views of the bridge.

Reprinted by permission of the Public Policy Department of the National Trust


Keywords: Public Policy Department of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Brooklyn Bridge, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Mayor Michael Bloomberg,

Posted: June 18, 2009
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