Park Progress: Addition by Subtraction

Photo by C.Scales

BHB Photo by C.Scales

Demolition of the National Cold Storage Warehouse on the landward side of Pier 1 has opened up views of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Promenade (compare photo below, taken on May 7 of this year).

BHB photo by C. Scales

BHB photo by C. Scales

More photos and text after the jump.

While a building to house a small hotel as well as apartments is, under previously announced plans, meant to occupy the space where National and two smaller, flanking warehouses previously stood, construction of any such commercial or residential structures to generate revenue for the park is, under the deal pursuant to which the City asumed responsibility for construction and maintenance, subject to approval by local elected officials. In any event, the structure planned for the space is no higher than what now remains of the National building, so the view plane shown in the top photo is safe from encroachment.

BHB photo by C. Scales

BHB photo by C. Scales

The view from the bridge is also opening up as the National building comes down.

BHB photo by C. Scales

BHB photo by C. Scales

Another instance of addition by subtraction is the previously noted removal of the overheating domes from the playground on Pier 1. The Village Voice had this to say:

Brooklyn parents, imagine what you could do if you used your powers to fix the oil spill.

The Voice also noted, quoting the Times City Room item to which our earlier post linked, that the domes are to be replaced by a “red house” and a “fairy castle”. Concerning this, the Voice writer opined that “a red house” might “subliminally reinforce latent Communist beliefs”; and, as to “a ‘fairy castle’ — well, we’re not even going to go there.”

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  • TAP

    I prefer the first iPad advertisement…

  • MartinLBrooklyn

    What an eye full that is. This is truly an historic window on our Bridge. Now, our job will be to make sure that this fabulous vista of the full suspension span is protected. Previously, we lost an important part of the view from the Bridge thanks to an especially needy developer. Let’s be alert this time around and honor Washington Roebling’s brilliant and beautiful contribution to mankind by standing firm about just so high and no higher. .

  • C.

    Nice. Clearing the way for the Squibb Park bridge.

  • Luke C

    Make that Squibb Park bridge and WATER SLIDE! Oh Yeah!

    I can always dream right?

  • T.K. Small

    Thank you Claude for the demolition update. I just returned from Pier 1 (bumping into Homer & Mrs. Fink) and I spent the better part of an hour watching the building get torn down. Now I have something new to fuel my obsessive/compulsive tendencies.

    Incidentally, do you think that there is any likelihood of toxic building materials escaping? While the building is fairly old, there might be asbestos debris.

  • Ben

    Whatever happened to Barbara Brookhart? This woman was at the begining of the planning of Brooklyn Bridge Park so many years ago she had an office in a museum that is now Design Within Reach on Montague Street. This woman worked so hard and now I never see her, or read about her. Does anyone know what happened to Barbara Broohart?

  • jora-lemon

    TK – there was a full asbestos abatement on the building performed prior to the demolition as is required by the building code.