There's a saying...
"There's nothing worse than rich white people living in luxury housing in a park than the rich white people living in luxury housing protesting against them."
Ok, well, there wasn't a saying, but there should be.
Maybe you've heard about "The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge Park." It's a long and winding tale that basically amounts to this:
There once were some unused commercial piers. Someone decided they should become a waterfront park. Parks are expensive to build, so it was decided to cleave off a little bit of the park for waterfront housing to pay for the park. The plan worked and now the park is beautiful and extremely popular. Like, ridiculously popular.
Everyday, tens of thousands of people visit the park's many amenities--beach volleyball, picnic grills, a pop-up pool, kayaking, standup paddleboarding, roller skating, and sure, hills, trees, grass, and spectacular waterfront views.
This pisses people off.
Actually, there is a small but vocal group of folks who never liked this version of the park--who wanted something more akin to a lawn for their Brooklyn waterfront property. They want quiet people to tiptoe silently past their brownstones on the way to the park, and only during daytime hours.
These local folks are suing the park itself because of plans to build luxury housing in the park.
At first glance, you'd think with everything I just said, I'd be on their side. Doesn't the idea of luxury housing go against all this cool park activity?
No. Actually, we wouldn't have any of that stuff if it wasn't for the housing plan.
You see, building a park is a very expensive proposition--especially a waterfront park. The piers, vacant for years, had to be repaired. The cost for the park totals in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The city doesn't have the taxpayer dollars laying around to pay for such a thing, so it was decided to leverage the value of waterfront NYC real estate to create a self-su [...]