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New waterfront restaurant coming to Brooklyn
City puts call out for eatery in Brooklyn Bridge Park


By Stephen Witt
January 13, 2010


Move over, River Cafe, there’s a new waterfront eatery with spectacular views coming to the borough.

The city’s Parks Department is seeking a restaurateur to operate an eatery overlooking the New York Harbor on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6, this paper has learned.

The pier is located on the southern edge of the waterfront Park off Atlantic Avenue with breathtaking views of both lower Manhattan and New York Harbor.

“Parks recently sent a notice to (Community Board 2) that we are intending to issue an RFP (Request for Proposals) for a restaurant at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park,” said Parks Department spokesperson Phil Abramson.

“The building is currently in construction and there is a plan for additional outdoor seating. The RFP is currently being developed but has not been finalized at this time,” he added.


The fact that the city is taking the lead in the RFP also is interesting because the state is the lead agency over the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation (BBPDC), which is charged with building the 85-acre waterfront park.

However, the city and state have been in negotiations for several months to have the city take over the project.

BBPDC spokesperson Elizabeth Mitchell said the city will issue the RFP because Pier 6 is owned by the city and therefore has license to build a park on it and manage the construction and operations procurement process through its Franchise Concession Review Committee (FCRC).

“We are working together with the city on an RFP regarding the Pier 6 concession and expect to officially issue the RFP in the next few months,” she said.

While details of the restaurant specifications are not available yet, it would probably be similar to the River Cafe, 1 Water Street at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO.

“This is the first we heard of it and it will be interesting to find out more about it,” said River Cafe General Manager Scott Stamford.
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Trolley trash! Workers tear up history near Brooklyn Bridge Park


Richard Mauro is annoyed that city workers dug up old trolley tracks in the historic Fulton Ferry Landing area — and then trashed them!


By Stephen Brown and Will Yakowicz
January 22, 2010

Fulton Ferry Landing preservationists are fuming that construction workers trashed a piece of history at the entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park — set to open this month — that could have helped create a new trolley service.

Late last year, workers at the end of Old Fulton Street discovered the old rails dating back to the 1920s. But after consulting with archaeologists and city landmarks officials, they ripped up the tracks and threw them in the trash.

“No one wants to recognize that this was a transportation hub,” said Richard Mauro, who’s lived in the area for 40 years. “No matter how you look at it the trolley tracks are part of the street’s history. They should not have been removed.”

The tracks, which were covered by asphalt for decades, are a relic of a trolley service on Old Fulton Street that ran from the late 1800s to the 1930s. They were removed from the road as part of a larger sewer and water main reconstruction project throughout DUMBO.

City officials downplayed the tracks’ significance.

“They are not contributing features to the character of the Fulton Ferry historic district,” said Landmarks spokeswoman Elisabeth de Bourbon.

De Bourbon added that while DUMBO is noted for its tracks, Fulton Ferry Landing’s distinguishing characteristic was the ferry landing, not the old-school mode of transportation that rumbled away from it through DUMBO and points beyond.

Still, some insist that the old rails are even more valuable because they can be used to reinstate trolley service, an unrealized dream of transit advocates for years.

“When these people say the tracks are all finished and garbage, they don’t know what they are talking about,” said Bob Diamond, a Brooklyn legend ever since he discovered a long-abandoned trolley tunnel under Atlantic Avenue almost 30 years ago.

“The tracks must still have at least 25 years of use in them,” he said. “The asphalt is a pretty good preservative. The ones on Old Fulton Street being removed could be used to restore trolley service in Downtown Brooklyn.”

Recent talk of the elimination of the B25 bus line resurrected concerns of a lack of public transportation to bring people to the highly anticipated new park along the Brooklyn Heights waterfront. The bus line was saved, but the concern is still there.

Many have said that a trolley — that classic symbol of the borough itself — would be a convenient and stylish attraction that would deliver visitors from downtown to the hard-to-get-to park.

But an architect supervising construction in the area said the tracks in question were not part of a larger infrastructure that could have been of use for a new trolley.

“The tracks were just one section of disassociated tracks. They were removed and there hasn’t been evidence of any more,” said Alyssa Loorya, a head archeologist who surveyed the area for the city.

Then again, a Brooklyn Paper reporter visited the historic street multiple times and saw different tracks being removed over a span of a couple days. A construction worker who was cutting and ripping out the tracks said, “The tracks are all over the place. We have been removing big sections all day.”
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These guys caught my attention the other day and I thought they might be amusing in a timelapse movie. The setting is Pier 1 of the new Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is not yet open - but the Birds seem to love it.
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i dont think those light poles will ever grow on me. i always thought they were temporary... they look way too cheap and utilitarian.
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^Yeah they belong in Jurassic Park or a Gitmo, not a brand new state-of-the-art city park.
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While we're waiting for the first pier openings, guess there is a missed oppurtunity for sledding...

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Brooklyn Bridge Park delayed — again!

By Andy Campbell
February 10, 2010


The long-awaited first permanent section of Brooklyn Bridge Park has been delayed — again! — and will now open “in the spring,” Borough President Markowitz revealed in his “State of the Borough” address last Wednesday night.

And a week later, no one is willing to explain why.


Yes, a spokeswoman for the Empire State Development Corporation put out a vague statement that the park would open “this spring” because of “the low utility of outdoor play areas in winter months” — but that comment ignored more than a year of announcements that the long-delayed waterfront park and development would open this winter.

The Pier 1 recreation area at the foot of Old Fulton Street — the fruit of decades of planning and controversy — was originally scheduled to open in late 2009, but was pushed back until January.

The real reason for the latest delay is a topic of great speculation inside City Hall and Albany — with reports in several news outlets saying that the city and state remain mired in a squabble over the city’s desire to take over operation of the park. Mayor Bloomberg has promised $55 million to put construction on the fast track — but in exchange, he wants the city to have more control.

“It’s bureaucratic BS at its finest,” one frustrated official, unnamed, of course, told the Post. “Part of the problem is the state is leery about giving up control because it wants to be able to take credit when both projects are finally finished.

Mitchell would not address the subject. And in his speech last week at the Park Slope Armory, Markowitz acted as though no news was, indeed, good news.

“Piers 1 and 6 will open in spring,” he said. “Kudos, master planner [Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation President] Regina Myer.”

Pier 1 would be the first segment of a long-proposed 1.7-mile swath of greenspace and condos along the Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO waterfront. A delay in Pier 6, at the foot of Atlantic Avenue, had already been announced last year.

The remainder of the Brooklyn Bridge Park project, comprising four other piers and costing around $350 million total, has been put off the table until more funding can be lined up.
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this building has already been destroyed?. when it will open the bottom of the bridge? this spring?
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Nope it wasn't and i don't think it will, and that building with no roof is for concerts,
but sorry i dont really have so much info about it.
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this building has already been destroyed?. when it will open the bottom of the bridge? this spring?

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Jane’s Carousel To Be in Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Brooklyn Bridge Park – The plan is to have Jane’s Carousel be on western shore of the park’s cove in front of the Tobacco Warehouse

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According to officials at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation and an article in the NY Post today, Jane’s Carousel will officially be part of the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront development. NY Post states:

“The directors of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation approved David and Jane Walentases’ gift of the so-called “Jane’s Carousel” and $3.45 million to landscape and operate it past the park’s closing time — and agreed to house it in a pavilion designed by French architect Jean Nouvel.”

Officials note that in addition to the restored 1922 carousel, the Walentases are also donating $3.45 million for improvements to the $350 million park, which include lighting and landscaping so that the carousel hours can be extended past the park’s closing time.

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When were those pictures taken? I think that building is gone, no? I have a picture I'll post later today that shows that building directly under the bridge is gone. In the summer they had a flea market of sorts directly under there.
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When were those pictures taken? I think that building is gone, no? I have a picture I'll post later today that shows that building directly under the bridge is gone. In the summer they had a flea market of sorts directly under there.
Yeah, it may be gone, that photo is just to show location. You can tell the photo is dated from the pier (pre demolition).
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Civic groups fighting to keep 1920s carousel out of DUMBO park

February 22, 2010
By RICH CALDER

A state plan to relocate an exquisitely restored 1920s carousel to popular waterfront parkland in DUMBO is infuriating local civic groups, who say it’s a bad fit that isn’t worth losing trees and lawn space over.

Jane Walentas, wife of DUMBO developer David Walentas, has agreed to relocate the carousel she bought and restored to the western shore of Empire State-Fulton Ferry Park’s cove in front of the historic Tobacco Warehouse. The carousel would be located within a massive glass pavilion designed by architect Jean Nouvel.


Doreen Gallo, executive director of the DUMBO Neighborhood Association said "We all love the carousel; we just think it belongs in another part of Brooklyn Bridge Park."

Empire State-Fulton Ferry Park, which will eventually be absorbed into the long-delayed Brooklyn Bridge Park project, saw part of its green space shut down last month as construction began to make room for the carousel.

Gallo also questioned why no public input was solicited before the state-city Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corp. in December agreed to accept the carousel and put it in the park. The carousel is not addressed in the park’s project plan.

Other groups putting pressure on elected officials to keep "Jane’s Carousel" out of the Empire State-Fulton Ferry include the Fulton Ferry Landing Association, Vinegar Hill Association and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund (best known for fighting to keep condos out of the park, too).

Judi Francis, who heads the Park Defense Fund, said Nouvel’s designs are typically "modern," so it’s unlikely that his glass pavilion would fit in with the rest of the historic buildings along the DUMBO waterfront.

"It’s hard to guess what his design will be because no one will tell us about it," she said.


She said a better location would be on the Brooklyn Heights side of Brooklyn Bridge Park, such as Pier 6. Gallo suggested under the Manhattan Bridge.

Francis also said it’s a travesty that trees are being cut down to pave way for the carousel when other segments of Brooklyn Bridge Park have been delayed because of lack of financing and bickering between the city and state over control of the park.

Jane Walentas is also donating $3.45 million for landscaping and other improvements in the park that include lighting to allow the tourist hotspot to remain open well past its current dusk closing time, eventually extending the hours to 1 a.m.

Walentas would operate the ride through a nonprofit "Friends of Jane’s Carousel," and any profits from concessions would go towards park maintenance, officials have said.

Walentas could not be reached for comment.

Elizabeth Mitchell, a spokesperson for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corp. said the development corporation is "extremely grateful for this phenomenally generous gift by David and Jane Walentas and is certain the landmark 1922 Carousel will enhance the space and the experience for visitors to Brooklyn Bridge Park. We look forward to sharing further details regarding how this beautifully restored carousel will fit into the landscape along the East River."
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The 100th Annual Meeting of the Brooklyn Heights Association on Feb. 23rd featured Michael Van Valkenburgh, a principal of the landscape design firm behind Brooklyn Bridge Park. Van Valkenburgh provided an informative inside look at the past, present and future of the magnificent sliver of Brooklyn shoreline that is finally coming to life as a world-class waterfront park. He discussed the thinking behind the design and the unique challenges posed along the way — topographical, infrastructural, governmental — and led a virtual walkthrough of those sections of the Park about to open, currently under construction and in development. And our video team was there to capture it all to share with a wider audience.


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State Agrees to Let the City Finish Brooklyn Bridge Park

By DIANE CARDWELL
March 9, 2010


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After months of wrangling, state officials have agreed to let New York City finish building — and paying for — Brooklyn Bridge Park, in the hope of speeding its progress.

A small portion of the park has been completed, but its opening and further construction — atop a ribbon of piers on the Brooklyn side of the East River — have been delayed while the state and city sparred over control. City officials worried that the state’s fiscal troubles could stymie the project, and state officials appeared reluctant to surrender bragging rights for the park.

Under the agreement, expected to be approved on Wednesday by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, a state-city body, the Bloomberg administration would contribute $55 million to the $350 million project in the next fiscal year. That would allow stalled work to begin on Pier 2, designated for sports.

“Now is the time when we need to make sure the long-term funding for these types of projects is in place,” said Robert C. Lieber, deputy mayor for economic development. “So we’ll step up and fund it, and with that we want the responsibility for working with everyone and getting it done.”

Peter Davidson, the state’s chief development official and chairman of the park corporation, said that with major construction ready to begin, it made sense to put the city in charge. “You’d just rather have one government body at the point of making decisions,” he said.

City officials agreed to consider alternative ways to pay for operation and maintenance; the city’s financial contribution is contingent on the park’s being self-sustaining. Officials said they would explore adding a floating pool and skating rink. The land would be designated parkland.
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