Brooklyn Heights residents say Pierhouse is blocking iconic view

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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (PIX11) — The view from the Brooklyn Promenade looking at lower Manhattan is one of the most iconic views in the world.

Tourists from all over the globe, like Gernot and Theresa from Austria, come to take pictures in front of the New York Skyline.

“It’s a great view. And we just came here to take pictures.”

“All the sky scrapers, the skyline, it’s very nice.”

But some people who live in the neighborhood are upset they’re losing part of that view because of construction on the Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

“My issue with the construction is that it obstructs my view of the Brooklyn Bridge and that view of the Bridge is an iconic image in the city of New York,” said Brooklyn Heights resident Tom Cahalan.

Members of the Brooklyn Heights Association say back in 2005 the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation agreed to keep the height of the Pierhouse under 100 feet and out of the line of sight for the city landmarks.

But the building now stands about 130 feet tall blocking part of the view of the Bridge and the Chrysler Building.

“It’s very sad that the building is higher than the Brooklyn Bridge,” said Gernot and Theresa. “So we can’t take the whole view of Manhattan including the Brooklyn Bridge.”

The BHA has since reached out the Park Corporation.

In a letter the Association said:

“Our Board and public are angered that the new buildings have seriously compromised that iconic, world class view. We have communicated this to the BBPC and requested that its leadership and the developers of this project take any steps possible to mitigate the Pierhouse development’s visual obstruction of the Bridge.”

But a spokesperson for Brooklyn Bridge Park said the Corporation always left room for height alterations to meet zoning requirements, which were altered after Hurricane Sandy. Meaning they had to move equipment out of the basement to the roof, raising the height of the building.

In a statement the spokesperson said:

“The building under construction today, including the bulkhead, is consistent with the designs that were presented to the community to favorable response in September 2013.”

So, unless there’s a lawsuit to stop construction, the project will likely move forward; blocking the view, not just for the people of Brooklyn Heights but for people from all over the world.

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