Sneak Preview of Pier 6

This afternoon, your correspondent joined a group of local residents and a few journalists, including writers from New York Magazine and The Brooklyn Paper, for a tour of the soon to be opened section of Brooklyn Bridge Park inland from Pier 6, near Furman Street and the foot of Atlantic Avenue. We were guided by Ellen Ryan of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation. As we entered the Park, we passed what will be a dog run.

After taking us into the Park and leading us to “Swing Valley”, Ellen talked about the work of the landscape architects, Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates, how topography was added to the Park using fill from the tunnel being dug to give the Long Island Rail Road access to Grand Central, and the bike and foot path that will connect all sections of the Park. Unfortunately, she had to compete with helicopters. (More videos, photos and text after the jump.)

From “Swing Valley”, we went to “Slide Mountain.” Here, Ellen discussed some of the playground equipment, and the use of recycled long-leaf yellow pine wood salvaged from the cold storage warehouse buildings being demolished near Pier 1. She also responded to a question about the infamous metal domes in the Pier 1 playground.

Our next stop was what may be “the biggest sandbox in Brooklyn.” Ellen described how storm water will be collected to irrigate plants, providing, it is hoped, 70% of the water needed for that purpose.

BHB photo by C. Scales

BHB photo by C. Scales

Here’s another view of the “sandbox”.

BHB photo by C. Scales

BHB photo by C. Scales

Past the “sandbox”, we approached the foot of Pier 6 itself. The concrete block building at the left of the photo will house a restaurant. To the right, at the north edge of the Pier, will be sand volleyball courts. The rest of the pier will be covered with gardens, supported wetlands, and a meadow. Ellen said that the playground portions of the Park are expected to open in early June. The Pier portion should be ready by late summer.

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  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Nice job Claude. Appreciate you taking the time out of your day to capture this footage. Don’t have kids but if I did I think this playground justifies the walk from the North Heights. For Willowtown, the Palmetto Park will have some competition. Never can have too many playgrounds for the kiddies.

    By the way, I don’t see any problem with metal slides. I grew up with them and I survived. Slides generally aren’t for toddlers so I personally don’t find this to be an issue.

  • ABC

    Iit sounds like the slides will be as hot as the domes — hot enough to burn. Hmmm.

    Until the trees come in, not sure why they don’t put in giant sail shades or something. It IS very sunny down. Can’t imagine kids baking in that sandbox.

  • DrewBurch

    Nice playground! What’s that I hear in the background that the tour guide is shouting over? Ah yes the constant buzz of helicopters. The “new routes” that were put in place seemed to ignore that most of park is south of Pier 1 and south of the heliport. So now that Pier 1 is buzz free Pier 6 gets to enjoy the noise.

    Still nice job on the playground…

  • Ginny Martino

    My husband and I were on this tour and enjoyed it thoroughly. Ellen has mastered the art of making a tour interesting, giving enough details to be informative but not tedious.
    It’s great how playground safety has been integrated so beautifully into the design. As for the slides, I grew up with them, along with chain-link swings and cement surfaces, and rarely suffered more than a pinch or scrape on my knee, which actually impressed upon me the value of caution and the need to improve my physical skills.
    That aside, my husband and I continue to be amazed at the progress and beauty of the park.

  • mhon

    Until they get rid of those HELLi’s, being in the park would be like BLACK HAWK DOWN. I was at the partk on Saturday, and it is so noisy from the nonstop hellicopters flying overhead that I eventually had to leave the park for someplace more quiet.

  • edevent

    This park is the biggest joke… What were they thinking??? You can’t get there without fearing for your life by Atlantic Ave. The designers decided to make a sandbox the size of giant stadium field with a water park the size of my shower. There’s nothing better than playing in the sand on a
    HOT summer day with no shade.. Waste of $$$ guys….
    Lets a applaud the genius who came up with this concept!!!

  • Leah

    This park is simply too hot, no ifs and or buts. I mean it is dangerously hot with no shade at all. We live literally two minutes away, and we have gone down there once. Disgraceful.