Brookfield's West Side Bid Wins a Popular Vote

hudsonhall web 0 Brookfield's West Side Bid Wins a Popular VoteBlog Curbed has the results of its poll last week on the five bids to develop the West Side rail yards. Brookfield Properties’ bid (partly rendered above) won with over 40 percent of the nearly 4,000 votes.

The Observer‘s Matthew Schuerman reported last week that Brookfield’s bid had emerged as a crowd favorite, including among those who visited the midtown exhibit showing all five.

…[J]udging from the early reaction among visitors to the exhibit space, Brookfield has also gained a lot of fans, both via online message boards and among visitors to the exhibit, for a plan that they say looks the most like the rest of New York.

Brookfield’s early popularity with the masses is no guarantee it will get to build on the 26-acre site. The site’s owner, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, has the final say within the next few months, along with input from the Bloomberg administration.

The Observer will have an interview with Brookfield’s chief executive Ric Clark in Wednesday’s paper.