Here they are — your Pier 6 tower plans

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Brooklyn Bridge Park honchos last Wednesday unveiled designs for the two luxury apartment towers they plan to erect at Pier 6.

Park bigwigs anointed Ral Development Services — the developer behind the condominiums in the neighboring One Brooklyn Bridge Park building — and Oliver’s Realty Group, a newcomer to Brooklyn, as their chosen co-developers for the project.

Here is what you can expect to see looming behind the park’s beach volleyball courts if the plan gets the green light:

• A taller 29-story tower housing around 192 market-rate units and a parking garage.

• A shorter 14-story tower containing 30 market-rate units, 117 below-market-rate units for “moderate- and middle-income households,” a 75-seat pre-school, ground-floor retail space, and something called “a community facility space.”

The buildings are two of six residential high-rises that park administrators say are needed to help pay for the maintenance of the sprawling waterfront green space, though local activists claim the other buildings will be lucrative enough to cover the costs now that property values in the area have skyrocketed alongside the developments and have been fighting to quash the project.

“It is a tragic mistake to wall off the park entrance and the Brooklyn waterfront with condos, especially now that the park’s real estate windfall provides better options,” said Henry Richmond, director of park activism group People for Green Space Foundation.

The announcement comes a month after the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, the semi-private body charged with administering the park, settled a legal battle with anti-development activists that had stalled the project for 10 months. As part of the settlement, the park agreed to give the public notice before its board members meet to approve the developer and designs — hence last week’s reveal — and to get the state’s okay on its latest plans.

That approval process is still ongoing, and could cause more delays for the project. The Empire State Development Corporation — the quasi-governmental state body that oversees development in the park — has to approve several recent changes to the park’s original plan for the site, including the addition of the below-market-rate housing and looser restrictions over how many units the developers can place in either building (you can view the full changes here).

Opponents of the towers have been using the meetings to push the state to do a new study on how the new development will impact the surrounding community, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. The state did its most recent study a decade ago, and the park commissioned its own review a year ago, but opponents say the reports don’t take into consideration how the towers — and the influx of new residents they will bring — will impact local schools or the massive new development planned for the former Long Island College Hospital site nearby.

There will be a meeting on July 30 where community members can air their thoughts on the changes and the study, and activists say they’re optimistic that their voices will make a difference.

“We believe that truth, sunlight, and fresh air will win out in the upcoming public input process,” said Richmond.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated with more details and quotes.
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Reasonable discourse

Schellie Hagan from Clinton Hill says:
We need to move the Brooklyn Bridge.
June 30, 2015, 7:29 pm
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
Actually interesting designs.
June 30, 2015, 8:15 pm
Dan from Boerum Hill says:
Nooooo! We can't let these developments happen in wealthy, low density areas! Let's fight these developments so that young millenials instead have to move further inland to low income black and ethnic communities like Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights so that we can whitewash these formerly wonderful communities.
July 1, 2015, 6:18 am
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
These quotes in the article by this Richmond fellow are bordering on crazytown.

"wall off the park"? " truth, sunlight, and fresh air will win out"??
July 1, 2015, 9:04 am
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
We sure wouldn't want to block the view and bucolic symphony of the BQE... I know when I go to a park, I can't get enough of the beautiful sounds of traffic noise, horn blasting and road construction. Oh, and One Brooklyn Bridge Park is an architectural marvel. We wouldn't want to obscure the view of that, right?
July 1, 2015, 9:14 am
Charles from Bklyn says:
Public land -(transfered)-> Private (rich) people = Modern Day Corruption = Shame on us all. Goodbye America .. hello Corporate America (USA, Inc.).
July 1, 2015, 12:03 pm
Yup says:
Charles is totally right. Whenever I'm at BBP, I get angry because there's not a single square foot of land for me. Yup, those acres of land that will pay for the park instead of taxpayer dollars from hard working NYCers would totally be better spent on additional greenspace because as mentioned before, there's not a single other square foot of space for me to use without it.
July 1, 2015, 1:16 pm
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
No, Yup, I think it would be better if the 85-acre park was still just a decaying, disused industrial wasteland.

Well, I guess to be fair, it still could have been developed into some sort of open space that would be open for a few years before the lack of maintenance caused it to be unsafe -- and the fences are chained shut like many other parks in the city.

So, no parks... But no "corruption"!! Hallelujah!
July 1, 2015, 1:59 pm
BBP says:
Also, Gramercy Park was a private park long before modern day real estate deals. And unlike Gramercy, we all get to enjoy BBP.
July 1, 2015, 3:15 pm
Barry from Flatbush says:
We should thank the rich for the crumbs that fall from their condos in the form of a little green space. We could never pay for that with public funds, unless we taxed the rich at the rates we did in the 1980s under Reagan.
July 1, 2015, 6:39 pm
D says:
Everybody wants the rich to be taxed at a rate comparable to the rest of us... except the super rich. And guess who pays for political campaigns. Stop being sidetracked by tiresome polemics and let's fight for campaign finance reform!
July 2, 2015, 8:21 am
John from Columbia Street says:
So none of you remember how the park got started? The COMMUNITY
July 2, 2015, 10:24 am
Jack from Columbia Street says:
-don't know how that jumped out...-
To continue

The COMMUNITY worked for 13 years designing and advocating for a park with baseball fields, football fields, basic necessities for kids that are still lacking in the neighborhood. The piers were sound, but abandoned. Finally, NYS said yes, asked for the plans and said they would come back in a few weeks with a construction plan.

Instead, they threw out all the ball fields and announced what would be the most expensive front lawn in the history of the world. The State teamed up with the City, and they both ruled that THIS park would have to pay for itself. That had never been done before, and hasn't been done since. So this park, which is profoundly not child-friendly, includes ridiculous "recreational features" that cost buckets of money in maintenance in order to justify luxury housing in a park, also a first.

Hillary Clinton while campaigning was asked if she thought that parks should have housing and be required to pay their own way, initially said absolutely not, that parks were civic investments. 2 days later (and how many campaign checks?) she clarified that she meant what she said...for every park EXCEPT Brooklyn Bridge Park.

This whole thing has been a corrupt joke that could only have happened under Bloomberg. It sets a corrupting precedent for the future of every park in the City.

And thank you very, very much, Mrs. Clinton!
July 2, 2015, 10:34 am
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
WHAT jack? "So this park, which is profoundly not child-friendly"


Not child-friendly?

Pier 6 is a massively awesome playground for younger kids -- huge sandbox place, huge water/splash park, swings and awesome slide. I wish I was an 7 year old and had access to something like this. Oh, and there's more at Pier 2, and Pier 1 has stuff for little we kids. I think there's even more. Not to mention just being able to run and screw around on the main paths and grassy areas.

Pier 2 is a straight-up awesome sport/recreation facility for children and adults... basketball, handball, bocce, 4 square, roller skating...

There's Jane's Carousel. Last time I checked children love carousels... and it's only $2. And the grass and the sculptures all around there always have kids running around and playing.

Pier 5 has three soccer fields with youth leagues.

Oh yeah, and there's fishing and nature activities.

In short -- WHAT?! (It's hard to take anything else you say seriously when you say something as off-the-wall as that.)
July 2, 2015, 2:08 pm
Jack from Columbia Street says:
OK, there are a few things that are actually suitable for kids, but the majority of the activities are either passive (sit on the hill/look at the river) or geared for adults. Not going to go one for one with you, but you want to show me where the little league gets to play? How about youth football? Really? You wish you were a 7 year old so you could play in a sandbox? Now who's unbelievable?

There's a water park for toddlers, but not what you would call a lot of opportunity for kids from 6-17 to do in there that wouldn't involve supervision. But plenty to do if you're a yuppy who can't see anything wrong with that lack. The focus of this park is decidedly on grown ups with a smattering for toddlers, but nothing for KIDS.

But I am glad to see you agree with every other point in my first mail about the corrupt process that produced the most expensive front lawn in the world as an excuse to build luxury housing in a city park.
July 2, 2015, 6:35 pm
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
So... Jack. Basically, what you're saying is a park is not a park unless it has baseball diamonds?

Prospect Park is 585 acres and only has something like 10 baseball diamonds. Might as well shut it down. Are they joking? They call that a park!? Everything else there is either passive (sit on the hill/look at the lake) or geared for adults. It's basically an expensive front lawn.

(According to the Park Dept, there are 157 baseball fields in Brooklyn... 608 throughout the city. Where oh where could someone figure out where to play friggin' baseball?!!)

And don't get me started about the Brooklyn Botanic Garden!! Can you believe the money New York State wasted when it established that place!?! Not a single baseball field ANYWHERE to be found.

(Are you an ex-baseball player, Jack? Because I have a feeling you might think baseball is more popular among kids than it is.)
July 2, 2015, 7:09 pm
Ursula from Downtown Brooklyn says:
Jack from Columbia Street, you should occupy yourself more with what's going on, read up on the background of the new parks, and educate yourself in general so you know what you're talking about. Hudson River Park and Governors Island Park (both under construction) must also pay for themselves when completed. That's why these two parks will have commercial development as well - whether you like it or not.
July 2, 2015, 11:01 pm
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
Ursula... Just adding fuel to the fire.

The Hudson River Park only has 1 baseball field. And Governors Island Park only has 4 baseball fields.

Basically, those aren't real parks either.
July 3, 2015, 2:08 pm

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