City unveils new plans for Pier 6 towers, park board will vote Tuesday

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City Hall has unveiled new plans for two housing high-rises it wants to build in Brooklyn Bridge Park — and park honchos intend to vote on the revised blueprints next week, despite losing state support for the project last month.

The revamped proposal for the properties at Pier 6 calls for slightly smaller towers with fewer units — especially fewer below-market units — and nixes a planned pre-kindergarten space.

Here are the full details of the updated plans — which the park’s board of directors will vote on at a public meeting on Tuesday.

• The taller of the two towers, previously 29 stories containing 192 units, will now be 28 stories with 126 units. They will all be condominiums.

• The shorter tower will remain roughly the same height at 14 or 15 stories, but will have with 40 market-rate units instead of the planned 30, and 100 below-market-rate units instead of 117. These will all be rentals.

• A planned pre-K space in the smaller tower is gone. The city is in talks to find a different location for it “nearby,” according to a spokesman.

• Half of the so-called “affordable” units will be earmarked for households earning around $134,640 a year — for a family of three — a quarter to those making $106,080, and the remaining quarter for those earning $65,250.

The city was supposed to seek Albany’s approval for the Pier 6 towers under the terms of a 2014 lawsuit settlement with local activists, but state officials pulled their support last month, claiming they wanted more time to probe donations the developer had made to Mayor DeBlasio prior to scoring the gig.

Before things went pear-shaped, the city had been hammering out a different plan with state officials that would have included even shorter building, fewer units, but more below-market rentals than originally planned, according to a New York Times report.

But now the city claims it has done its duty simply by “seeking” the state’s okay, and is vowing to go it alone with the latest proposal.

If the majority of the Brooklyn Bridge Park board’s 17 members — whose ranks include Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, who supports the development, and Councilman Steve Levin (D–Boerum Hill), who does not — vote in favor of the new plan, the city will then consider that authorization for the builder to begin work, according to a spokesman.

But that may not be the only hurdle — local activists said last month that they will sue to stop the towers if the state doesn’t step in.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation Board of Directors public meeting at New York University Dibner Pfizer Auditorium (5 Metrotech Center, between Lawrence and Bridge streets Downtown). June 7 at 9 am.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Hello, John Wasserman here. I, John Wasserman, don't have anything valid to add to this conversation. I, John Wasserman, will move on. Pardon for the interuption. John Wasserman
June 2, 2016, 9:08 am
BrooklynGersh from The WT says:
Why are these towers getting smaller? I want bigger towers with more affordable units and more retail and more infrastructure and more dog runs and more of everything -- and I want the developers to pay for it.
June 2, 2016, 9:44 am
endless nonsence from Brooblyn says:
There's no functional Dept of City Planning. It's more like Dept of City Reaction, as that's all it does.

The laws are set up to give the control to the developer. They are given a few tricky guidelines to follow, of which are subject to interpretation", and off they go to the races.

Until the zoning rules are subject to a functioning Dept of City Planning that actually "Plans", the city will have us all at battle till we die or get sick of this place and are smart enough to leave - which is where I and many others are at this point - there's really no reason to spend your life in turmoil with too many people in too little space - "go west my friends"!
June 2, 2016, 10:16 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
I hate to say this, but at least one person is tiring from all of these "false" John Wassermans commenting on this board. That person's name is John Wasserman (and possibly others, too). Please do not continue with the impersonations unless, of course, your name is John Wasserman and you work with Steve Levin (the cat man). Thank you in advance for your co-operation.
John Wasserman
June 2, 2016, 1:59 pm
Zaxby from Williamsburg says:
I think everyone is tired of real/fake/whatever John Wasserman.
June 2, 2016, 2:19 pm
scott from park slope says:
The trouble with development in NYC is there's no impact fee. so there's no money or provision for the burden the new units put on infrastructure that the rest of us pay for through our taxes. that means we are short tens of thousands of seats in brooklyn schools alone, our subway lines don't have enough trains, and other things.
June 2, 2016, 3:26 pm
frank from Furter says:
As a result of an agreement with the then Gov Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg no city Planning department approval is required. This technically is a state project and all zoning has been preempted. In NY City all rezonings are subject to vote by the City Council and Mayoral approval. Special permits and variances can be done with out that approval. A down zoning by the builder however does not need such approval.
June 2, 2016, 10:32 pm
Charles from Bklyn says:
So the moto is give less take more. Great zoning control in this city. The incentive is to take as much profit while pushing the infrastructure costs on the public. Pathetic.
June 3, 2016, 3:53 pm

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