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http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories...24_mm_bbp.html

New signs of life at Bridge ‘Park’


Further evidence that parkland is being built at the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront
development comes in the form of trees that are biding their time until they can be
permanently planted at the norther and southern ends of the park along the Brooklyn Heights shore.



By Mike McLaughlin
June 15, 2009

The proposed Brooklyn Bridge Park showed new signs of life last week as officials moved to take the reins of its first piece of actual parkland — the existing Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park.

The management breakthrough came weeks after the first signs of life — literal life — took root on what will become an 85-acre park and condo project. A mini-forest of almost 500 magnolias, lindens, serviceberries, sweetgums, London planes catalpas and oaks now stands in a nursery midway along Furman Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue.

The trees are slated to be planted in the fall on the northern and southern ends of the park development.


The Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, a state body roused from years of a sub-performing slumber, revealed at its board meeting on Wednesday that it had signed a 99-year lease, effective next year, with the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to run the existing Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in DUMBO.

It is one of the few instances when a state park agency has given up management of a park to a state development agency. However unique, the move was expected because the Civil War-era Empire Stores warehouse, which is part of Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, will someday be renovated and turned into a revenue-producing development that will underwrite some maintenance costs for the entire park development.

Eventually, Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, which is home to the popular “Movies with a View” summer series, will be subsumed into the entire $350-million Brooklyn Bridge Park, as pieces of it are created on piers and uplands stretching south to Atlantic Avenue.

The first phase of newly built green areas are due to open at the end of this year on Pier 1, at the foot of Old Fulton Street, and Pier 6, near the end of Atlantic Avenue.
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Re : NEW YORK | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Most Proposed plan for BROOKLYN is the major development regarding Brooklyn Bridge Park. Bridge park covered lots of people.

So the positive news about the “other” part of Brooklyn Bridge Park surprised a lot of people. In fact, the new waterfront park is now officially a part of Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation President Regina Myer said: “We are so pleased that we have been able to work with the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to reach an agreement that will allow us to move forward with meaningful improvements to Brooklyn Bridge Park. We are also excited to have this extraordinary neighborhood gem, the historic Jane’s Carousel call Brooklyn Bridge Park its home. This has been a milestone year for us and, with both Piers 1 and 6 opening at the end of 2009; Brooklyn Bridge Park will soon be a reality.”

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said: “Bravo to Governor Paterson, Regina Myer and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, and the State Parks Department for reaching an agreement that will allow the BBPDC to manage Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park and transform Brooklyn’s waterfront into Brooklyn Bridge Park—an ‘urban emerald’ of parkland, beaches, recreation, bikeways, playgrounds, historic structures—and even an old-fashioned carousel. And, of course, there are those spectacular views! I have long advocated for this arrangement and am thrilled to see it come to fruition. The economies of our State, City and Brooklyn need this project more than ever before—and today’s announcement will ensure that what Prospect Park was to the 19th century, Brooklyn Bridge Park will be to the 21st.”

Jane Walentas, who renovated and donated the Jane’s Carousel, said: “It is truly a thrill to imagine this Landmark 1922 Carousel spinning on that magical point on the river between the Brooklyn & Manhattan Bridges. Restoring the Carousel to its original splendor and donating it, together with a new Jean Nouvel designed building, to Brooklyn Bridge Park for children of future generations to ride and enjoy has been my wish and my passion. I am so pleased to have the Carousel be part of what will be the most exciting waterfront park in New York City.”
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Brooklyn Bridge Park Update: Construction Moving Fast

If you've been to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade or Brooklyn Landing recently, you've probably noticed lots of work going on at the Brooklyn Bridge Park site. We were curious about what's been happening, and asked the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation to give us a tour of the current site. While things are still very much under construction now, they told us that parts of the park will open as early as the end of this year



Looking west towards the city over a dug-out area that will become a salt marsh (Jake Dobkin)


Looking north towards the new hill, past terraces that will be interlaced with freshwater elements


The Cold Storage Warehouse, which will be demolished next month. Some of the timber and external fittings will be reused on the site as benches and other elements.
According to the Development Corporation, a controversial condo and hotel complex is still scheduled to rise on the site-- proceeds of which will be used to fund the park.


Newly planted trees destined for Pier 1 (near Old Fulton Street) and Pier 6 (near Atlantic Avenue) sit at an acclimation site getting used to the environment.


Terraces made from stone recycled from the Roosevelt Island Bridge project, facing west towards the city


Pier 2 structure, which will be partially covered with a clear ceiling to be used as a three season environment.


Children's area near Fulton Landing, looking towards Brooklyn Heights.


An inlet between Pier 2 and the rest of the park. Kayakers will be allowed to paddle through, while pedestrians will get to the pier over a small bridge.


At the top of the new hill, which was made from rocks excavated from the East Side Access Project (connecting LIRR to Grand Central.) The view includes three bridges, the Statue of Liberty, and the whole downtown skyline.
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What? There is absolutely no chance they'll save the beautiful storage building? I think some flats and a tower that rises out of a section would be great.
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What? There is absolutely no chance they'll save the beautiful storage building? I think some flats and a tower that rises out of a section would be great.
I don't know why. For whatever reason, they're not saving it.
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Park progress: Special Edition - An Inside Look!



Yesterday evening, your correspondent joined a group of thirty or so people, including BHB contributor Matthew Parker and Brooklyn Heights Association Board of Governors member Martin Schneider, for a tour of the northern portion (Piers 1 and 2) of the construction site for Brooklyn Bridge Park. Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation President Regina Myer (photo above) greeted us, after which we split into two smaller groups for the tour.



Steve Noone, a senior associate at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., Landscape Architects, the prime contractor for the park project, was the guide for my group.



Following Steve, we walked southward up the hill that has been deposited on Pier 1, made of material excavated in the construction of the LIRR “Midtown Connector” tunnel. The southern portion of Pier 1 can bear the weight of this fill, because it is itself built on landfill instead of on pilings. The tall poles will support lights.



Above is a view from near the summit of the hill, which is 27′ above the level of the pier deck. The other group is passing on what will become a riverside esplanade.



Looking southward along the soon-to-be esplanade, the “River Stairs” leading up the hill are to the right. These are made from stone removed from one of the Harlem River bridges during its reconstruction.



We’re looking eastward now, along what in a previous post I called the “Grand Canyon”. The cold storage warehouse buildings in the background are soon to be demolished. The older parts of the building complex contain timbers from a now-extinct species of Southern longleaf pine, a portion of which will be used for park benches. The plan is for these buildings to be replaced by a hotel and residential complex. The building that will replace the one on the right in the photo will be considerably lower than the existing one, and will thereby open up a larger view plane from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. There will also be a gap between that building and the new center building (the center is the tall one with “National” on the top, which is planned to be replaced by a slightly lower building) which will afford a clear view of the River from Squibb Park.

The wall at the right of the photo above marks the southern boundary of the newer portion of Pier 1, which, as noted above, sits on landfill. To the right is the older, northern portion, which sits on pilings. The deck is to be removed, leaving the pilings to provide a habitat for marine life and as a kind of picturesque ruin, rather like the plan for Pier 4 (the small wooden former railroad pier near the foot of Montague Street), which is to leave it as is. Steve pointed out that the exposed pilings will “express” the routes of the tunnels for the 2 and 3 trains, because there will be gaps between the pilings along the tunnel routes.



Walking eastward by the “Grand Canyon”, we came to a broad patch of water that is slated to become a salt marsh. It will be planted with spartina, a marsh grass common on the Northeastern coast (and also a damn good novel).



Here’s a view of the Promenade and BQE from a fresh perspective.



Kayaks and rowboats will be able to use the “safe water” canal that has been opened between Pier 2 and the shore, at the right in the photo above, and which will be continued next to Pier 3. (In response to a question raised by reader Andrew Porter in the comments to my previous Park Progress post, Steve confirmed that there will be safety barriers to prevent boats from straying under the pier structures.) The body of water extending to the left in the photo is a “spiral pool” that will provide a means of entrance to and exit from the canal for kayaks and small boats.
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Demolishing this warehouse? What a crime. If remade into condos/lofts, it woulv'e sold out like hotcakes, considering that the nearby DUMBO is already built out.

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Agreed. Unless there is a structural problem with those existing buildings they could have been turned into something special.
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