Park Progress: Thirty-Sixth Report

BHB photo by C. Scales

BHB photo by C. Scales

Looking down at Pier 1 from the east tower of the Brooklyn Bridge on Monday morning, December 27, 2009. There’s water in the pond, and a temporary structure has been erected over the “tot park”, perhaps to provide shelter until spring arrives. Contrast this with the last non-snow covered view from this vantage, as taken on Monday, December 14:
BHB photo by C. Scales

BHB photo by C. Scales

More photos and text follow the jump:
Demolition of the warehouse buildings inshore from Pier 1 continues:
BHB photo by C. Scales

BHB photo by C. Scales

As the buildings come down, more of the Park, the East River and the Bridge become visible from the north end of the Promenade.

BHB photo by C. Scales

BHB photo by C. Scales

What appears to be the foundation of a new building has appeared near the foot of Pier 2.

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  • AAR

    Claude – Next report please cover closure of Empire State Fulton Ferry Park for 1 1/2 years! Is it really necessary to close the whole park? Thanks!

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Hosted by State Senator Daniel Squadron
    WHEN: Monday, December 7, 7:00 pm
    WHERE: Long Island College Hospital, Conference Rooms C & D
    (Corner of Hicks and Atlantic Avenue, enter on Hicks Street)

    That is tonite!!!!!!!!!!

  • nabeguy

    Karl, today is 1/4, not 12/7. Is this a re-scheduled meeting?

  • Claude Scales

    AAR: This from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy:

    “Empire Fulton Ferry State Park Closing for Renovation Beginning January 1

    A note from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation. Empire Fulton Ferry State Park will close as of January 1, 2010 as construction gets underway to implement a series of exciting park improvements. Improvements include:

    • Jane’s Carousel, a gift of Jane and David Walentas. The magnificent, restored 1922 carousel will be housed in a beautiful pavilion designed by Pritzker-Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, making the carousel available for use in all seasons.
    • Stormwater retention tanks to irrigate the park’s natural features
    • Park furnishings including railings, benches, picnic tables and bike racks
    • Lighting so that the park will be open after dark for the first time since its opening in 1979
    • Regrading the park to improve drainage

    The scheduled reopening of the park is Spring 2011. The adjacent city park will remain open during the renovation. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation appreciates everyone’s patience as they make these improvements to Empire Fulton Ferry and work diligently to open Pier 1 of Brooklyn Bridge Park as early in 2010 as possible.

    For further information and project updates, please go to:

  • nabeguy

    Given the scope and the normal pace of city projects, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Spring 2011. Funny that the carousel is at the top of the list, as it will probably be the least utilized aspect of this proposal.