(Photo Credit: William Alatriste on Flickr)
A group of elected officials, historic preservationists, neighborhood associations, and residents went to the City Hall yesterday to protest the Dock Street Dumbo development near the Brooklyn Bridge. The proposed property is not located in a historic district, sandwiched between the Fulton Ferry Historic District and the Dumbo Historic District, but historic preservationists say the proposed tower will crowd the historic Brooklyn Bridge, the Tobacco Warehouse and Empire Stores. According to a story published by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the common arguments against the Two Trees plan were:
- That it would ruin the view of and from the Brooklyn Bridge;
- That the bridge is a historic monument that shouldn’t be compromised;
- That the School Construction Authority hasn’t seriously investigated other sites for the much-needed school;
- That Two Trees has allegedly used the power of money to lobby and influence public officials;
- and that This administration shouldn’t be responsible for making a decision that will be regretted for generations.
David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Great Bridge spoke at the rally as well as actor Skipp Sudduth, a Dumbo resident who said that “We all own the Brooklyn Bridge, not just Brooklyn, not just the city, but the entire country … The developer [Two Trees] has spent years trying to influence people.” The Brooklyn Eagle article pointed out that:
“Toward the end of the rally, a representative of Two Trees Management distributed material challenging many of the points made by the opponents of Dock Street Dumbo. The developer says that hundreds of local parents and residents have pledged their support; that the project is actually in scale with existing high-rise DUMBO buildings such as the Gair Building and One Main St.; and that the “the bulk of the building is concentrated to the east of the project site, away from the bridge and its view corridors.””
Also the New York City Council posted a photo set on Flickr of the event.