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Brooklyn Heights residents voice concern over $40M Brooklyn Bridge Park donation

May 03, 2012 09:00AM

Some Brooklyn Heights residents can’t even appreciate a record donation if it has any affect on their quiet lifestyle. The New York Post reported that community activists said the 115,000-square-foot indoor athletic facility coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park thanks to a $40 million donation would be “devastating” to the neighborhood. The civic leaders are concerned that the planned Fieldhouse would bring crowds of pedestrians and new vehicular traffic to their quiet streets.

The facility is planned for the edge of Joralemon Street, which “would become the secret way to get there faster,” said on Community Board 2 member at a park planning meeting. “And in a street full of babies, dogs and people, it would be disastrous.”

While some attendees did express their gratitude for the donation, the Brooklyn Heights Association plans to push for a partition to block off traffic on Joralemon Street at the corner of Furman Street. [Post]