|Official (and misleading) 550 Vanderbilt rendering|
A rapidly ascending high-rise residential tower on the corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and Dean Street, in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, has robbed me of a kitchen-window view of the Chrysler Building. More than a dozen of these buildings will follow. Some will be taller than this one. A quiet brownstone neighborhood is turning into a busy city of glass and steel.
And, while Friedman accurately describes the location "Prospect Heights," he misses the opportunity to point out that developer Greenland Forest City Partners misleadingly, arrogantly calls Pacific Park Brooklyn an entirely separate, new neighborhood, built from scratch.
When I catch myself complaining about the rate at which my neighborhood is changing, I remind myself that the makeover is happening at exactly the same speed that it always has in this town. Every new building robs someone of a view, and, at the same time, becomes the apple of somebody else’s eye.That's a remarkably resigned, and ahistoric view. Of course New York is about change, and change was inevitable to Prospect Heights, given the growth in population and income, and the neighborhood's assets, including culture and transportation.
But the makeover is not necessarily "happening at exactly the same speed that it always has in this town." For one thing, the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park project relies on a state override of city zoning to plant an arena and to allow towers larger than current zoning, and the project also relies on a suite of direct and indirect subsidies. Those were political decisions.