As if getting into Manhattan from Brooklyn wasn’t enough of an impasse for all Brooklyn residents, now the Brooklyn Bridge renovations, renovations which are scheduled to last a monumental four years, have made things a little cozier.
According to reports from dnainfo.com (1) “overnight closures of the bridge’s Manhattan-bound lanes, which started last month and will continue for the next four years,” have already been met with fury from residents of Lower Manhattan, downtown Brooklyn, and the traveling masses. Still, now noise complaints have been raised by the “constant hum that reverberates,” near where the work is being done, currently on the Manhattan side. What does this mean for downtown Brooklyn? Get ready, because the trouble’s headed your way!
The four year undertaking is going to cost an estimated “$508 million” and is already being met with protest on the Manhattan end. Recently residents of lower Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn have been upset because of lost parkland. The Brooklyn Banks skate park underneath the Brooklyn Bridge has been taken over and the DOT “is using for staging.” Now the DOT wants to take up parkland at “Drumgoole Plaza beneath the Brooklyn Bridge up ramp near Pace University.”
Brooklyn residents are leaping mad and they’re coming out with pitchforks blazing to these DOT sessions. If the DOT and the City have any sense, they’ll tread lightly over these people’s parks, playgrounds, roads, homes, and lives.