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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/14/re...14posting.html

Brooklyn Bridge Park as Lure for a New Condo


The Brooklyn Bridge Park, now under construction with a planned playground, is fueling interest in the nearby One Brooklyn Bridge Park condo.



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March 10, 2010

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ARE the outlines of an ambitious swing-set-and-slide area lifting sales at One Brooklyn Bridge Park?

One Brooklyn Bridge, a 449-unit condominium tower at 360 Furman Street, drew brickbats in 2006 when its developer struck a deal to build on public land in exchange for helping subsidize the construction of a park on the Brooklyn waterfront. Last year, anemic sales led the developer, the RAL Companies, to lower prices by 3 percent to 35 percent and to start renting some units.

Now the park may be helping the condo, just as other parks are stimulating interest in neighborhoods elsewhere. While the recession froze the property market last year, the park’s development corporation continued with site work. So the conical hill near the northern end of the parcel and the extensive playground near the southern end, below One Brooklyn Bridge Park, are now almost ready. Designed like the rest of the park by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the playground evokes the blockbuster aura that condo projects sought in recent years. Its attractions, said Matthew Urbanski, a principal in the design firm, include a trio of ramps called Slide Mountain, a water play area, a bucket-and-shovel-ready feature called Sand Village, and a suite of swings.

Elizabeth Mitchell, a spokeswoman for the Empire State Development Corporation, a state agency overseeing the park project, said the Sand Village would almost certainly be the largest sandbox in New York City — not counting, of course, the public beaches.

And the condo — after RAL hired Developers Group/Tregny to market it last fall — is suddenly looking more popular.

“You can see the park near completion from there, and that has increased the number of people coming to see it,” said Highlyann Krasnow, the Developers Group executive who took over marketing the property on Oct. 1.

Ms. Krasnow estimated that the building was drawing some 30 visitors a week in early October and had now closed on nearly 40 percent of the units. She has sold 68 units since then — albeit after lowering asking prices. She says most units under contract offer two, three or four bedrooms.

And she credits much of the recent interest to the park emerging below. “We had people who knew about the park first come and check out the building,” she said.

Jonathan J. Miller, the president of the appraisal firm Miller Samuel and a partner in Condominium Recovery, which invests in real estate, said there was no way to measure what a playground brought to the table.

“I view a playground amenity as part of a package rather than à la carte,” Mr. Miller said. “There isn’t this sort of precision to prove that, say, an apartment on Central Park is worth more because a playground is across the street than an apartment on Central Park that is not across the street from a playground.”

Of course, no playground in New York has ever had a Sand Village.

Katie Buckels, a writer and the mother of 7-month-old Maisie, said she had been unable to persuade her fiancé even to consider living in One Brooklyn Bridge until they looked down from a model unit at the emerging park. “It sold him,” Ms. Buckels said. “We are overjoyed that it’ll be a children’s park, and by next year we’ll be able to bring her there.” Her fiancé, she added, has even attended a park planning meeting.

Ms. Buckels said the couple were about to close on a 2,040-square-foot apartment near the $1.57 million asking price, reduced 25 percent from an earlier listing.
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Thanks for the update, this park is going to be a really cool one.
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I just wish they would open the completed sections already.


http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories...ll+articles%29

Sunset sippin’ looks like a go at Brooklyn Bridge Park

By Andy Campbell
March 16, 2010

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Public boozehounds rejoice — Brooklyn Bridge Park will have an outdoor wine bar and plaza if everything goes according to plan, development officials revealed on Monday night.

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, which will oversee the “park” until the new agreement for the city’s takeover of the waterfront development is completely hashed out, has already sought proposals for Pier 1’s concessions, and plans to do the same for Pier 6 in the coming weeks.

City and park officials told Community Board 2’s Parks and Recreation Committee that they’ll seek two stands and a restaurant at Pier 6 at the end of Atlantic Avenue, and four concessions at Pier 1 at the foot of Old Fulton Street — including an elevated wine bar for skyline-side sippin’.

“We’re looking for concessions that cater to everyone — and one of the biggest questions we got during the design phase was, ‘Where can I drink publicly in your park?’” said David Lowin, a vice president with the corporation. “Of course, it would be cordoned off so that drinking only takes place in one spot.”


That spot is a plaza is an area at the foot of Old Fulton Street that is bordered by trees, the waterfront and Brooklyn Bridge. If the proposals go through as expected, the plaza will have two basic concession stands — possibly offering hot dogs and snacks — and a space at the gatehouse for more food.

Pier 6 — which, like Pier 1, is scheduled to open this spring — would sport two more cart-like concession stands and a restaurant that holds about 60 diners in a building with rooftop access, officials said.

"But it’s not going to be another River Café,” Lowin said. “That’s not the price range we’re looking for.”

The concessions would open by July, and the responses are due April 1. That’s assuming that all goes well with the city’s takeover of the $350-million venture, a long-delayed 1.7-mile strip of green from John Street in DUMBO to Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill.
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Brooklyn Bridge Park to open on Monday!




By Andy Campbell
March 19, 2010

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On Monday, Brooklyn finally gets a chance to park it on the stoop.

The city announced on Thursday that the first phase of Brooklyn Bridge Park — featuring a vast green lawn and a granite front-stoop sitting area located on Pier 1 — will open to the public.

The public and a handful of elected officials — including Mayor Bloomberg, who allocated $55-million in city funds as part of a takeover agreement with the state earlier this month — will enjoy a “Great Lawn” with sweeping views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline, while children will take advantage of a small playground.

The newly opened area will be most-easily accessible from Old Fulton Street in DUMBO.

The opening of Pier 1 — first promised in late 2009, then in January — was delayed in a squabble over which agency, the state’s Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation or the new city agency would be in charge of finishing the full, $350-million waterfront development project, which had stalled because of incomplete financing.

That confusion was cleared up when the city and state reached its deal last month, giving the city control over the remainder of the construction and operation of the development’s open space, which will eventually cut a 1.7-mile ribbon of green from DUMBO to Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill.

Though supporters of the park crowed about the opening announcement, it’ll still be a year before the city determines how it will fund the entirety of the park and raise the $16-million annual maintenance costs.

Bloomberg told The Brooklyn Paper earlier this month that a “money-making venture” — housing or otherwise — would be built in the park to keep the self-sustaining mandate in place, but housing has been a point of controversy and a committee to find alternatives to that funding route is in the works.

A second recreation area, on Pier 6 at Atlantic Avenue, is expected to open later this spring.

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 opening will begin at 9:30 am on Monday, March 22, at Old Fulton Street and Furman Street in DUMBO.
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Couldn't make it out to the Pier 1 opening myself, but luckily curbed.com has details...

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/0...ide_pier_1.php
Brooklyn Bridge Park Opens; Inside Pier 1!



Monday, March 22, 2010, by Joey

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Given all the delays and drama regarding the construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park, maybe it's appropriate that opening day for the first section of the park is so damp and dreary. But the mood is not! Arriving a little bit later to the party than expected is Pier 1, a 9.5-acre chunk of the planned 85-acre park running up the Kings County coast south of the Brooklyn Bridge that includes fields of green, waterfront promenades, a playground and the very cool "Granite Prospect" stairway to nowhere that will soon become one big pileup of lovey-dovey couples queuing up to take wedding photos. Be patient, Bridezillas, and watch your step! Mayor Bloomberg (the park's new boss), Governor Paterson and a host of local luminaries cut the ribbon this morning. Pier 6 is up next, but this is Pier 1's day, gloomy as it may be.
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From groundbreakings, to grand openings, Brooklyn is seeings its share of local politicians...but at least things are moving and getting done.

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The excitement may be too much for Bloomberg and Patterson...







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Did Governor Paterson get high before the opening? He is squinting like a chinamen in all his photos.
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Did Governor Paterson get high before the opening? He is squinting like a chinamen in all his photos.
...I thought he was legally blind?
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...I thought he was legally blind?
He is, which is why he always has that look. Or maybe he was just trying to see how much was getting done over at the WTC site.
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those are great shots! i hope that park (and i think it will) is as successful as the Olympic Sculpture Park here in Seattle and the Highline in NY.

I wish more cities turned old waterfronts into amazing green edens.
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those are great shots! i hope that park (and i think it will) is as successful as the Olympic Sculpture Park here in Seattle and the Highline in NY.

I wish more cities turned old waterfronts into amazing green edens.
I think it will be amazing. Most of the park isn't even funded yet (though they are working on it), but Pier 6 down at the other end of the park is scheduled to open later this spring, and another section of the park will open this summer. This is one of those projects that a lot of people thought would never happen.
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It was a nice day, at least in appearance. But it was also very cold and very windy. Still, since I was Downtown
I couldn't resist a look at the early stages of what will be a great park, and another vantage point to view the skyline.

1. Governors Island, another future great, to the left...



2. Next winter, they'll be sledding down these hills...



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11. Future athletic pier...



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17. Most of the park still remains to be built, although another pier opens this spring...



18. Demolition continues to make way for the residential development that will help pay for the park...



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21. And finally, you can't visit the park without enjoying some views of the Bridge itself. Some passing shots...



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Looks great! Thanks for all the updates with this and everything else happening in NY.
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Welcome.

Here's a clip from the pier to go with the photos...

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For NyGuy , Thanks so much for this lovely tour, great photos.

This park will be for NYC the spot of 21 th Century
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For NyGuy , Thanks so much for this lovely tour, great photos.

This park will be for NYC the spot of 21 th Century
Yeah, now I'm ready for Pier 6 at the other end of the park to open.
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What a beautiful new park. And OMG the views! The views!
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