So, who's to blame for the fact that the old coffee warehouse in Dumbo has enough scary structural issues that the state closed Empire Fulton Ferry State Park in December? Is it David Walentas, who original held development rights on the property? Or Shaya Boymelgreen, who snatched them away in 2002, only to have them taken back by the state in 2006? A spokesperson for the Empire State Development Corp. tells the Brooklyn Paper that the state "failed twice" to find a developer. Meanwhile, opponents of Brooklyn Bridge Park say the "finger-pointing has to be aimed at" the ESDC. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, which supports the big park plan, blames opponents that filed a lawsuit to stop the park plan and notes the property belongs to the state parks, which doesn't have a big budget to keep up buildings. The most interesting question, though, is why the entire state park is now closed, when people park cars next to a damaged part of the building, and how long it will be off limits.
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