Pier 1 to 6 Pedestrian and Bike Path Now Open

BHB photo by C. Scales

Two cyclists pass the ruins of Pier 4 on the bike and pedestrian path connecting Piers 1 and 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The path was opened today, ahead of the announced schedule.

Update: There’s more information on the Park’s website.

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  • http://www.flashlightworthybooks.com Flashlight Worthy

    The new path is open indeed — I just inaugurated it with a sweaty run.

    One detail for those who head out to explore it this weekend. I assume signage is on the way, but if you approach from the south — the Pier 6 end — it’s easy to miss the turn off of Furman onto the new path when you get to Montague.

  • my2cents

    So exciting! Can we hold off on any complaints for a week or two?

  • http://heatherquinlan.com Heather Quinlan

    It was stunning – a whole new way to see the city and even the BQE. Plus, if you get there at just the right time you’ll see Claude making his rounds! All in all, a 5-star experience.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    my2: my sentiments exactly. I just got back from walking the length of it, and took lots of photos, which I’ll publish on the blog this weekend (except for the one of bodacious Heather, which she made me promise not to).

  • nabeguy

    “Bodacious Heather”? Claude, I think you’re reporting has strayed a bit off the path.

  • T.K. Small

    Don’t make fun of Claude. That’s how they teach them to speak at Harvard Law School.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    Actually, I learned “bodacious” when Marty Balin left Jefferson Airplane and formed this band (and no, Heather, if you read this: Rick Danko was not involved).

  • Maltz

    Does anyone know the distance between the 2 piers? I’m a jogger and still looking for the right route!

  • Ursula Hahn

    You should know that the temporary bike way is closed between the Spiral Pool and Pier 5 (probably Furman Street) “at dusk.” When I visited shortly before 8 p.m. last night, a locked gate barred the way.

    The length of the entire park from Pier 6 to slightly beyond the Manhattan Bridge is estimated to be one mile.

  • Arch Stanton

    Or approximately 1,520640 pebbles long…

  • Matthew Parker

    Just checked it out, and though a work in progress, it’s a welcome addition. The next few years will be exciting, indeed, as the Park takes final form.

  • C.

    @ Ursula:

    Sucked for me. I went down to jog it last night just to find it closed. Had to jog down Furman from Atlantic to Pier 1 before I could get in. Gotta say though, the new parts they’ve opened up are amazing. I can’t wait till the whole park is finished. Just hope it doesn’t get too popular with tourists

  • GHB

    Yeah, it would be a shame if people from all over the world took advantage of our incredible waterfront…

  • jorale-man

    @C. I have to agree, Pier 1 is already teeming with tourists on weekends. It’s nice that people recognize what we have here but one doesn’t want to see this becoming the next Times Square either.

    On a different topic, I’ve noticed that the gravel area is extending farther onto Pier 6 – into the areas that are currently fenced off. I wonder if more of that pier is going to be open soon? My sense was that the rest of Pier 6 wasn’t going to open for another couple years, but I could be wrong.

  • bkre

    The first third of pier 6, including sand volleyball courts, bathrooms, and some lawns are set to open as soon as they repair the piles under that section of the pier.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Did I mention that I love Brooklyn Bridge Park and Regina Myers?

    Great addition and ahead of time.

    I know Heather, Heather is a friend of mine, and Claude, bodacious is an apt term to describe our inquiring news reporter. In fact, it deserves to be capitalized, BODACIOUS.

  • Arch Stanton

    You can be sure the park will be overrun with tourists. Fortunately, the park has plenty of space so they might not have as much an impact as they have on the Brooklyn Bridge walkway…

  • Soulman

    We (2 old people and a young dog) walked the length yesterday. It’s gorgeous and only getting better. It was practically empty – a few tourists and a few locals – we were there for hours, including buying a great burrito and beverages at the north end. I can see that the gravel is difficult for wheelchairs except for the one mechanized guy who was whizzing along. The light gravel is probably much more pedestrian and dog friendly on a hot, sunny day than asphalt, but as many have noted, not as easy for some wheels and feet – and what about cleaning, snow, etc. ? However, in sum, it’s a great resource for us – to be able to amble along and see those views is a privilege.