On Friday, Judge Knipel issued his interim decision to deny STVN our request for a preliminary injunction on the Pierhouse.
We are deeply disappointed in the outcome, and strongly disagree with the Judge’s findings, most notably that the agreements reached with the community in 2005/2006 are not legally enforceable. What is the purpose of negotiating and reaching agreements with the public if they are not meant to be binding?
Judge Knipel opens his decision with the following “Beyond peradventure, the vision of the New York Harbor from the Brooklyn Promenade is an iconic, world class view, worthy of the maximum protection the law can afford.” There is no doubt that “the casual passerby walking along Brooklyn’s majestic Promenade is struck with the indelible impression that these buildings, now nearing completion, are simply too large.”
While denying our request over legal technicalities, what is most disturbing in Judge Knipel’s finding is that, despite the worthiness of maximum protection, “When our government had the opportunity to significantly improve the view, a conscience decision was made not to do so.”
This conscience decision by our government defies logic, patriotism and respect for the opinions expressed by the community.
We will be consulting with our attorney and our legal committee to determine what our next steps will be. We will update you accordingly.
Thank you for your continued support.
By IVAN PEREIRA
June 9, 2015
A group of concerned Brooklynites Monday launched a campaign to pressure the governor and mayor to save Brooklyn Bridge Park’s iconic views.
The grassroots campaign “Save the View Now” began a letter-writing push to convince Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to assist a bid to halt the construction of Pierhouse, a luxury hotel and condo development that is being built on Pier 1. Click below for Full Article
Source: Brooklyn Bridge Park view advocates take fight to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew Cuomo – am New York
In the ongoing battle to preserve views of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Brooklyn Promenade, advocacy group (STVN) unveiled its legal team and strategy to a packed town hall meeting. Read Full Article on Curbed.Com
‘Save the View’ co-founder Guterman asks for pressure on de Blasio and Cuomo
By Claude Scales
Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Save The View Now Co-Founder Steven Guterman told a group of about 100 people who attended Tuesday evening’s Town Hall Meeting at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue that he is optimistic about the prospects of the litigation underway against the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBPC), the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), the City of New York and Toll Brothers, developers of the Pierhouse structure that is partially blocking views from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and other locations. Nevertheless, he thinks it is essential to bring as much public pressure as possible on Mayor Bill de Blasio, who controls the BBPC, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who controls the ESDC.
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