As Downtown Brooklyn buildings rise, so do residents’ tempers

October 10, 2018 By Sara Bosworth Brooklyn Daily Eagle
80 Flatbush. Rendering by Alloy Development/ Luxigon
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Residents of Downtown Brooklyn are fuming, as plans for more and more skyline development unfold. With projects underway such as 80 Flatbush, slated to rise to 840 feet, and 9 DeKalb, set to stand at over 1,000 feet, people are complaining of noise pollution, light obstruction and cramped sidewalks, according to the Daily News.

“With all the construction, the sidewalks are a mess,” Nicole Collins told the Daily News. Collins, who moved to the neighborhood from Texas, is now unable to see the view of Manhattan that initially drew her to the neighborhood.

Local groups like the Rockwell Place Bears Community Garden are fighting back against the development. The Garden has pointed out that in its current location, only a block north from the impending 80 Flatbush, most of its light may be blocked by the rising towers.

Developers, however, are trying to make amends. Alloy, the company behind the project at 80 Flatbush, has promised a $250,000 donation to the garden to help out with improvements.

If the criticism continues, that may not be enough.

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