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Here are Brooklyn’s most despised buildings

September 17, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
80 Flatbush Ave.  Rendering courtesy of Alloy Development
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As the Downtown Brooklyn development boom progresses, builders want to construct taller buildings, and these proposals are often met with strident local opposition. The New York Post on Sunday featured what it called “the most hated buildings in Brooklyn,” all of which have been extensively reported upon in the Brooklyn Eagle.

The first is Alloy Development’s proposed “supertall” 74-story tower known as 80 Flatbush. The Post quotes Howard Kolins of the Boerum Hill Association, who says the building wouldn’t fit in with the predominately low-rise neighborhoods nearby, as well as Ron Janoff of the nearby Brooklyn Bears Community Garden, who says “nearly everything we grow in the garden couldn’t be grown in the shadow of 80 Flatbush.”

The Post also spotlights four proposed highrises in Crown Heights that could throw a shadow over the Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Cornell Realty’s 40 Crown St. and 931 Carroll St. as well as two buildings Continuum Co. is planning for a former spice factory at 960 Franklin Ave.  A group called Movement to Protect the People says these projects would block sunlight year-round and the scorching glare from the large glass towers would create intense heat that would make park-goers uncomfortable.

Finally, the Post mentions the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp.’s Quay Residences and 15 Bridge Park Drive at Pier 6, which are already under construction. In 2016, the Brooklyn Heights Association and People for Green Space Foundation filed a lawsuit, saying the builders had broken their promise to develop only enough housing necessary to support the park.

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“We need open space at the park, not needless condo towers,” Patrick Killackey, president of the BHA, said at the time. State Supreme Court Justice Carmen St. George dismissed the lawsuit in February.


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