On the face of it, adding new park space to the existing Fulton Ferry State Park seems like a wonderful thing. It would add attractive greenspace to the city and improve the city’s waterfront space, too.
However, it’s worthwhile for New Yorkers to understand the behind-the-scenes wrangling that takes place as park development and private development issues are hashed out.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park plan has been through several iterations, stretching back 20 years. The latest plan iteration seems to link paying for park development with allowing for the construction of expensive condominiums that would be constructed within the boundaries of the park. Potentially, this could set a precedent for future park development elsewhere in New York, as well.
A group called the Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund has a web site with in-depth information on this controversy. It’s worth taking a few minutes to read and consider.