Savor those views! The Brooklyn Paper reports that yesterday "a key City Council committee backed—by a surprisingly wide margin—DUMBO developer Jed Walentas’s controversial bid to build a 17-story tower next to the Brooklyn Bridge, hours after Speaker Christine Quinn reportedly had given her OK." The land-use committee voted 17-4 in support of the Dock Street Development, saying it's in the best interest of the community. While it will include affordable housing and a middle school, some suspicions arose recently, with the release of an internal email, about whether or not another site was ever considered. Queens lawmaker Tony Avella is one of the many opponents who spoke out against the bridge-blocking development, saying, “People are going to go by and say, ‘Who the heck allowed this building to get built?’” And following the vote, DUMBO's Neighborhood Alliance president, Gus Sheha, declared, “It’s clear that this committee today sold the Brooklyn Bridge.” Sigh. The full council will vote next week, and here's a look at the future.