Preservationists who would rather not see Dumbo's landmark Tobacco Warehouse turned into a year-round performance venue (with a new roof!) for the St. Ann's Warehouse theater operation have scored some early success, but now the National Parks Service says the plan can proceed, Gothamist reports. The roof haters allege that the feds had no right to essentially de-map the 19th century ruin from Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, which helped put the transfer in motion. But after a review, the National Parks Service says everything is kosher.
Opponents, including the Brooklyn Heights Association, plan to fight on in court. The group's president told Gothamist, "It's clear that the National Park Service - an agency charged with protecting our public parkland - has reneged on this duty and has yielded to political pressure from City Hall." Now Bloomberg controls the U.S. Department of the Interior? The guy's got skills we didn't even know about.
· St. Ann's Warehouse Gets Green Light on Tobacco Warehouse [Gothamist]
· Tobacco Warehouse coverage [Curbed]