New ‘Park’ condos to rise in DUMBO

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A box of condos that will house 47 new apartments and an outpost of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum will rise on far reaches of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the city announced on Wednesday.

The new development, which will be built along with a pedestrian bridge over a tidal salt march and a large gathering lawn at John and Pearl streets in DUMBO, is part of controversial city plan to self-finance the park by housing money-making ventures within in such as hotels, restaurants, and apartments, a fact Mayor Bloomberg pointed out when announcing the plan.

“New parkland and residential development at John Street will allow the park to grow and continue to thrive as one of the highlights of our city’s new green waterfront,” the mayor said.

The condos, which will also include ground-floor retail, will be built on presently vacant land in the John Street section of the park by Alloy Development and Monadnock Development, who designed the 12-story structure that will have sweeping views of the Manhattan Bridge. Construction should begin in 2014, according to the city, and be completed late in 2015.

But critics of the way the city plans to fund the park weren’t thrilled with the new building, claiming it was getting in the way of actual park land.

“They seem to want to put everything in the park except the park,” said activist Tony Manheim. “There isn’t any park. They’re using to build mid-rise buildings for luxury condo apartments or buildings.”

Manheim, who once sat on its board of the Children’s Museum, claimed the city included that institution in the development just to placate those who don’t want housing or a corporate influence in the park, just as it did when it approved plans to move the theater company St. Ann’s Warehouse into the former Tobacco Warehouse earlier this year.

“I suppose they think it will appease the community in the same way they did when they gave the Tobacco Warehouse to a not-very-good theater group,” Manheim said.

Still, the mayor claimed the park is moving in the right direction.

“Brooklyn Bridge Park has quickly become one of our city’s favorite parks, attracting visitors who enjoy its innovative design, new amenities and breathtaking views,” said Mayor Bloomberg.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 10:13 pm, July 9, 2018
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Marsha Rimler from Brooklyn says:
Tony is so right.. It is not really a park.. it is a playground with attractions, a carousel,a children's museum etc etc.. It is as if we can no longer enjoy a real park but have to be distracted and entertained every minute. It is really a tourist attraction with condos.
Aug. 1, 2013, 8:30 am
Phony Manheim from BK Heights says:
What a convenient argument for Mr Manheim. If the park does something unpopular, then they are not listening to the community. If they do something popular, like bring in world class cultural partners such as the Children's museum and St Ann's Warehouse, then they are just placating people.
Aug. 1, 2013, 9:06 am
chris havens from brooklyn says:
C'mon Jaime you can find better quotes than these irresponsible statements.

Not very good theater group? that's outrageous and wrong 85 acre park, hasn't he been to the soccer fields, the piers, the movies? No Park? gimmeabreak
Aug. 1, 2013, 10 am
Sid from Boerum Hill says:
What a great park with amenities! I love that they are bringing part of the Brooklyn Children's museum too. This is the old Con ed site that the city added to the park later on!.
Thanks go to Regina Myers who has made the park great...really.
Aug. 1, 2013, 10:27 am
Brooklynist from The Real World says:
St. Ann's Warehouse is anything but a "not-very-good" theater group. Shame.
Aug. 1, 2013, 10:37 am
Where Does the Mayor Get Off from Doing This Without Public Process? says:
How many years did it take to get the original park approved, then the big switcheroo that turned it into an expensive front lawn for rich people, but always after a period of public comment. Now the Mayor can just snap his fingers, without even a City Council hearing?

I don't THINK so...!
Aug. 1, 2013, 10:58 am
Sid from Boerum Hill says:
The park was approved before Bloomberg became mayor. The initial documents required that the park be self sufficient for operational money. All of this was subject to much public discussion and endless meetings(I attended a few-not all). The City has agreed to allow additional parcels to be included one was 360 Furhman(1 brooklyn Bridge Plaza) where it gets a lot of pilot money(payments in lieu of taxes). When ever the money for capital monies have been requested from the City, the Council has approved. There have been council hearing, there have been state oversight hearings. It was originally a state project that the state could not get going and it reneged on its share of additional capital money. People say there should be more commercial development in lieu of residential. You are aware that the Port Authority could not find an operator for the restaurant on the top of the new freedom tower and almost all the commercial property in 1 BBP is long vacant.
Aug. 1, 2013, 3:13 pm
Charles from Bklyn says:
We could have built this park without the residential condos for the very wealthy, but we didn't. Too bad we have come to a point in this country where public purpose is no longer deemed important enough to fund in it's own right. Always have to give the rich something for something that should be done by the public for the public. Shame on all of us and our elected officials. Anyone tired yet of giving everything to the 1% of 1%? We are a pathetic group of middle class losers.
Aug. 2, 2013, 10:25 am
Where Does the Mayor Get Off Doing This from Without Public Process says:
So, Sid, you're saying there are no requirements for the Mayor to consult with anyone before giving away more land on his way out the door?

Let's count them down:
1. This thing. Again.
2. "Seaport City"
3. Brooklyn Heights Library/Pacific Street Branch
4. Midtown Manhattan Library
5. Science, Business and Industry Library, Manhattan
6. PS 99 & PS 91 in Manhattan, to build luxury condos
7. The ongoing push for Queens' "Broadway Triangle" (with City Council approval)

And that's just this year!
Aug. 6, 2013, 11:09 am
signe from wburg says:
The mayor is out of control. This is waaaay to much overdevelopment going on in Brooklyn. It's outrageous. The last thing we need is more condos.
New York is quickly losing it's charm. Same old bait and switch. And while it's not entirely on subject, I have to say, I agree with Manheim about St Ann's. There is much more interesting work going on in lesser funded places. But I'm sure the 1% will find The Tiger Lillies oh so interesting!
Aug. 12, 2013, 3:27 pm

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