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.