Judge allows stalled project that blocks some views of the Brooklyn Bridge to proceed

Associated Press

A judge has ruled construction can proceed on a hotel and condominium complex that blocks some views of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Justice Lawrence Knipel says the panorama is a "world-class view worthy of the maximum protection." But he says developers were within their legal rights in blocking portions of it from people on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

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The construction of Pierhouse is nearing completion. The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1Fir9iG ) says the judge concluded in his ruling Friday that the government made "a conscious decision" to allow the project at its current height for reasons of economic sustainability. He also said opponents failed to file their challenge within the allotted time.

Opponents say they're reviewing their legal options.

Preservationists and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation have tangled over the issue for months.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com