BROOKLYN HEIGHTS - New York City has reached a deal with New York State to finish the expansion of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

In addition to expanding the park, the plans include the construction of housing. The construction has caused controversy, with some state legislators opposing housing developments, but the new deal is expected to allow smaller high-rise complexes to be built.

The housing will also help pay for the park's $16 million annual operating cost. Money is also expected to be generated by the sale of nearby properties owned by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, which is moving its operations upstate.

Future plans for the park also include a hotel and retail complex, tennis courts, a swimming pool and a skating rink.