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Brooklyn Bridge Park Work Will Start with Demolition

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Looks like the big $150 million Brooklyn Bridge Park project isn't stalled anymore. Today's Daily News is reporting that some construction plans could be approved today and that work will start with the controversial demolition of the landmarked Purchase Building beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Parts of five piers would also be removed. Park backers say the Purchase Building, which is a WPA structure built in 1936, would "bisect" the park. Preservationists tried to get the Landmarks Commission to protect it last year, without any luck. This phase of construction was supposed to have started in April. Believe it or not, parts of the park are actually supposed to open in 2009. Maybe.
· New waterfront park coming soon [NYDN]
· Has Brooklyn Bridge Park Stalled? [Curbed]

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