Lawn Chairs Are (Not) Everywhere in Brooklyn Bridge Park or How Mr. Junkersfeld Found Another Place to Pitch His Canopy Chair

Our Karl Junkersfeld finds out that lawn chairs are not permitted on the lawn at Brooklyn Bridge Park.  He files this report.

And makes us think of this:

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  • Josh

    Park personnel were out early this morning closing off the lawns in the park with signs and chains. No doubt this was to allow the grass to recover from the extensive damage caused by Karl’s chair.

  • Claude Scales

    Karl: great video, and thanks for the mention.

  • David on Middagh

    A beautiful video, a beautiful park… and a beautiful chair.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Got 4 calls this morning asking if it is easy to open and fold the chairs. Well fortunately there is a video to answer your questions. See below:

    And no, I’m not a salesperson or marketing consultant for Renetto Canopied chairs. lol

  • lori

    The only reason I can see for prohibiting chairs of this type are that they put holes in the lawn – do they prohibit women from wearing spike heels?

  • nabeguy

    If they do, lori, it will keep all those wedding parties off the lawns. I can hear a thousand photographers groaning at the prospect.

  • nabeguy

    Thanks for the shout out Karl. Given the bleacher-like feel of those steps, I really do think that we should turn the East River into some 2.0 version of the Weeki Wachee mermaids.
    And Homer, your video archives never cease to amaze me; coincidentally (or tangentially), that was the 2.0 version of the Peppermint Lounge which was, first made famous by…who?

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Joey Dee and the Starlighters and The Peppermint Twist

  • Karl Junkersfeld
  • Karl Junkersfeld

    What was the movie with Joey Dee that made Peppermint Twist the new sensation?

  • nabeguy

    Karl, the Peppermint Twist was indeed popularized by Joey Dee. But the original twist hit the mainstream with Chubby Checker, who performed it at the Peppermint Lounge two years before the Dee song. In fact, I think I even have a record of Checker at the Lounge. Or is it a Checker/Rydell duet?

  • Andrew Porter

    Although chairs are (or were) regularly offered for rent in British parks and the seaside, an attempt to try this in NYC’s Central Park over a hundred years ago met with a riot in which the chairs were piled together and burned, and no such service has ever been attempted since.

    I had a little “Howda” seat from my mom’s place that I never used, gave it to the thrift store to sell a few months ago. Wonder if that’s allowed at Pier 1.

  • Andrew Porter

    Found that clip of the view Mr. Junkersfeld wanted from his beach chair. It’s at one minute twenty seconds into this movie trailer. Be careful what you wish for:

  • nabeguy

    Loved that movie as a kid Andrew, especially given the locales. As well as Lee Van Cleef’s line (in one of his earliest pre-Mag 7 roles) about “picking his teeth with a rifle”. Even back then, as a kid growing up in Brooklyn, I welcomed the chance to go head to tooth with a T-Rex, if only to say “Yeah, buddy I got your Darwinism right here. Bring it on!”