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State begins demolition at Brooklyn Bridge ‘Park’ — then tells the press after the fact.

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State officials wanted the public to know that they had begun — really begun, this time! — demolition at the waterfront site of the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Park.

But instead of inviting the media to cover the demolition of Pier 1 — and its famous “Brooklyn Works!” sign — or interview the people charged with spending more than $200 million in public money on a luxury housing and open space development, the state sent reporters a Web link to photos taken by their hired photographer.

You can see the state-approved images at http://homepage.mac.com/julienneschaer/pierONE. Or you can pick up The Brooklyn Paper next week for a full and balanced story.

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Brooklyn Guest from Park Slope says:
Regarding your published comment, "But instead of inviting the media to cover the demolition of Pier 1 ... or interview the people charged with spending more than $200 million in public money on a luxury housing and open space development..."

This is, at best, a misleading statement. Public money is NOT being spent on luxury housing. Any housing that might eventually be built by Atlantic Avenue will be funded with private money. 360 Furman St., the pre-existing warehouse now known as 1 Brooklyn Bridge Park, was converted to condos with private money.

A portion of evenues from both projects will support the park -- not, as you suggest, the other way around.

As a media outlet, readers have a right expect accuracy in reporting, and it's your obligation to provide it.
March 17, 2008, 2:15 pm
Gersh Kuntzman (Brooklyn Paper) says:
Point of information: The Brooklyn Paper always refers to Brooklyn Bridge Park as a "luxury housing-and-open-space development," which is exactly what it is. Nothing derogatory was meant by the passage cited by the commenter above. It's simply our way of referring to the fact that Brooklyn Bridge Park is not a "park" in the conventionally understood sense of the word. There will, after all, be luxury housing inside this "park.'

As you can see, even the officials who are building the luxury-housing-and-open-space development agree with us. Twice over the last two years, officials have admitted that this is not a park at all, but a development. Please see the below-referenced stories:

http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/30/2/30_02park_editorial.html

http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/29/25/29_25editorial.html

And thanks for reading The Brooklyn Paper.
March 18, 2008, 5:43 pm
PJ Jimenez from Williamsburg says:
Tell it like it is, Gersh. Public housing for the rich with a view.
March 18, 2008, 10:02 pm

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