Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1 Opens!

A rainy morning could not dampen the spirits of the hundreds who turned out for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier ribbon cutting ceremony–a day over a quarter century in the making.

Many past and current elected and appointed officials were on hand including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. David Paterson, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Senator Daniel Squadron, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, BBPDC President Regina Myer, and many others too numerous to mention were beaming in the misty weather.  Many civic leaders and local citizens who have toiled tirelessly were also there on this historic day.

The park is beautiful and in this humble correspondent’s opinion the early plans and photos don’t do it justice.  Go see for yourself, and enjoy NYC’s newest parkland!

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  • Norman E-Mailer

    anybody know what the park hours are going to be?

  • Matthew Parker


  • my2cents

    How exciting! Great shots by the way!

  • Matthew Parker

    mercy buckets (that’s French) ;-)

  • Lou

    Can’t wait to get down there. Great news.

  • nabeguy

    “Mercy buckets”Ha, thanks for that Matthew, haven’t heard that in years. Great photos, even for such a dreary day.

  • my2cents

    I just got back from a rainy stroll down there followed by Grimaldi’s. The park is great! The grass is emerald green and the view of the BQE at night is pretty spectacular. You can also see the bridge from some nice new vantage points. Very excited to try it out in the dry, in the daytime!

  • No One of Consequence

    Really, 1am? In case you didn’t get mugged on Remsen during daylight hours, you can stroll into the park in the dark? Why not just leave your wallet and watch in an unlocked gym locker?

  • Matthew Parker

    Pier 1 has 2-3 officers on patrol each shift–a total of 6 full time Parks Enforcement Police. In addition, the park is exceptionally well lit. Some have complained too well lit. I think any potential muggers will find a more favorable venue for their profession elsewhere.

  • soulman

    Just back from the new Brooklyn Bridge Park, maybe 5% finished, but it’s going to be gorgeous! The view of the Bridge is incredible. Pictures tomorrow if the sun is out.

  • StephM

    SO excited for all of you in the community. Can’t wait to see it myself! We have building projexcts that we fight about for 25 yrs here too!