He’s not sure yet whether he would embrace the perimeter-deck design.
“This is a mishmash,” Bernstein said of the proposal after listening to Caldwell on Monday. “I haven’t studied it. I don’t know. I think that keeping the bleachers is a giant mistake because it opens the door to commercialization.”
“Twenty-five hundred seats in service of what?”
Meanwhile, Mo Radke, president of the nonprofit Friends of the Natatorium, which has spent more than 30 years pushing city and state officials to restore the memorial, said he could support the perimeter decks because it keeps the facade and keeps the bleachers.
Dueling visions over the Natatorium have led to spirited debate — and even bad blood — for about 50 years.
That was apparent Monday after the news conference, when things got testy between Bernstein and Radke. While being interviewed, Bernstein told Radke to “keep moving” as Radke passed by. The two had a heated exchange before Bernstein resumed the interview several paces away.