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BK Bridge Pk plan upheld - It’s a sad day for parks, say critics

The Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court last week unanimously dismissed an appeal seeking to overturn the approved plan for Brooklyn Bridge Park.

“We’re obviously thrilled. “We’re ready to move forward and work together with the entire community in building a wonderful park,” said Regina Myer, president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation (BBPDC), the agency charged with building the park.

The 85-acre waterfront park stretching from the Manhattan Bridge to Atlantic Avenue was formally created in 2002 with $150 million in state and city funds, along with the mandate that it be self-sustainable.

This mandate led to the park’s General Project Plan, which includes about 8.2 acres, or about 10 percent, of the park for private development to generate the estimated $15.2 million annual cost of operating and maintaining the park.

This also led to several local activists and civic organizations, mainly on the Atlantic Avenue side of the park, forming the Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund (BBPDF), and opposing the private developments to fund the park.

What mainly vexed the BBPDF was the private development in the park around Pier 6 near Atlantic Avenue.

This includes two residential buildings

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