This morning brought the news that the city's getting control of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Now a press release from State Senator Daniel Squadron, who has been an outspoken opponent of using condos to finance the park, fills in more of the city's plans. No surprise, Squadron's still pretty opposed to creating new housing within the park's boundaries. He has veto rights over housing at the park's John Street site, and according to his press release, a new subcommittee "will conduct an open process to consider alternative financing mechanisms to housing in the park." But enough negativity! What does Squadron want to see happening at the park? A recreational bubble on Pier 5, an ice skating rink, rooftop tennis courts on the Maintenance and Operations Building, and a permanent floating pool. Good news for the thousands who spent the summer of 2007 waiting in line when the floating pool last passed by.
· For $55M, City Nabs Control of Delayed Brooklyn Bridge Park [Curbed]