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Ouroussoff Does Brooklyn Bridge Park

NYT architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff's review of Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1 starts off on a low note ("The mayor's office was in such a rush to showcase the completion ... that it opened it too soon"), but he soon warms up. Pier 1 is "a key and very promising early step," he writes, and Michael Van Valkenburgh's design is great at connecting the park to the surrounding city. But about those additional planned condos: "The two structures will clearly detract from the park — and from the public's sense of ownership over it — once they are completed. Still, the city can live with the trade-off." [NYT; previously]