Before proceeding, let me remind you that both the Queensboro and Brooklyn Bridges are official NYC landmarks.
Councilman David Yassky (D-DUMBO), who has opposed the project from the start, called McCullough's support "a big development."
"I call it visual vandalism, and we ought not to let it happen," said David McCullough, who wrote "The Great Bridge," a book on the building of the historic span.
"We would not stand back and say it's a fine idea to put an 18-story tower right beside the Washington Monument," McCullough added.
"Would Paris allow a developer to put an 18-story tower beside Notre Dame?"
Mr. Gioia said the Silvercup West plan is made possible by a mayoral administration with a grand vision for the waterfront and the removal of the political hurdles that stymie much of New York's development.
A professor of urban planning at New York University, Mitchell Moss, said that previous plans for the site lacked creativity.
"That site has been ripe for renewal for 30 years," Mr. Moss said. "But this is the first time that we're finally dealing with ideas and a design that will work on that portion of the Queens waterfront."
Preservationists have also gone apeshit over the Brooklyn plan. They have stayed eerily silent on the much larger Queens project, however. What gives?