Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5 to Have Grand Opening Thursday

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5 and its uplands, which will include sports fields and a “picnic peninsula,” will have its grand opening in a ceremony to begin at 11:00 a.m. this Thursday, December 13. Rumor has it that Hizzonor himself will make an appearance.

All are invited, and refreshments will be served. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the Brooklyn Bridge Park conservancy at (718) 802-0603.

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  • Jorale-man

    I noticed there were crews working non-stop on the fields all weekend. It’s really come a long way this year. Will be curious to see what it’s like standing out there for the first time.

  • Sal Manilla

    A grand opening but the lights do not even work.

  • Wiley E.

    His impotency, the Mayor, is supposed to be there.

  • Gerry

    We look forward to the event and hope there is a place to park our car down there.

  • Arch Stanton

    What’s the matter Gerry, is Pier 5 too far a walk from Montague Terrace?

  • gatornyc

    Good to know that our fine posters here on BHB won’t leave a thread without adding their negativity. Sal, why should the opening wait until the lights work? You don’t need lights to use the fields during the day. As for Gerry, there is nothing he posts to which a response is warranted.

  • Wiley E.

    @gatornyc. When Regina Myer sits down, which way does your face point?

  • WillowNabe

    Thanks for the laugh.

  • Sal Manilla

    Hey gator, the lights are an issue because the park is only open until 4:30. People like you that stay home all day that is no problem but productive people that have jobs will not be able to use the park much.

  • Sandy

    Sal – maybe you missed it – but we had a freak superstorm here in NYCa couple of weeks ago. It’s left tens of thousandsof people homeless . The electrical systems of the Park were damged in the storm and they are obviously lower of a priority than all those homeless people who are waiting for their home’s electricity to be restored so they are can carry on with their lives. The Park’s electricity will be restored – probably in a couple of months. In the meantime, the park is only open till dusk. SO why does it bother you so much that they are not waiting to open pier 5 until it can be open in the evening? Should those people who would use it during the day suffer because you are at home all day? Seriously – what are you actually complaining about. Why don’t you get up, turn off the computer and help those who’s lives were destroyed by the storm instead.

  • Sal Manilla

    Sandy, that’s a tough name to have nowadays by the way, every dollar the govt’ spends cannot be to help storm victims. Life goes on for everybody. Using your logic, why open Pier 5 at all? Shouldn’t the money for that go to storm victims? People are suffering but the wealthy people of Brooklyn Heights are getting a new park. We do not really need a new park, we have plenty.

  • Mr. Crusty

    So which is it Sal? The park is just for Heights residents and therefore not warranted? Or, is your complaint that the lights are not yet working and hard working Americans like you can’t use the park in the evening?

    Or is it that you just complain for the sake of complaining?

    I vote for door number 3.

  • Sal Manilla

    I just don”t know how you can have a grand opening when the park is blacked out.

  • Gerry

    @ Arch Stanton – at Pier 5 we need Handicapped parking we have a family member who has a permanent physical disabiltiy and on my dashboard is a NYC parking Placard that serves as a Handicapped Parking Permit.

    @ gatornyc – there are nothing wrong with my posts and I feel that your rude remarks are out of line here.

  • MonroeOrange

    Gerry, Gerry, Gerry, Gerry, Gerry!

  • Mr. Crusty


  • Sandy

    Sal – you missed my point. It wasn’t a money issue. It’s the fact that there are a limited number of companies that make and fix electrical equipment in NYC. All of them are currently busy trying to fix up peoples homes and hospitals etc. Keeping a waterfront park open in the evening in the wintertme so that an extra 15 people can use it is not a priority. And why should it not be open in the daytime just because it can’t be open at night? You make no sense

    Gerry – there are two handicapped parking spaces right in front of One Brooklyn Bridge Park condo. It’s about 500 feet from pier 5.

  • Gerry

    @ Sandy – 500 feet?

    A 500 foot walk for a disabled person is not Handicapped Parking.

    Pier 5 is supposed to be ADA compliant if there are no designamted handicapped parking spots my NYC placard provides parking priviledges that allow me to park the car in other authorized zones.

    I will drop my family off in front go park the car someplace in an “authorized” or “no parking anytime” zone go back and pick them up later.

    And thank you very much for the information it was kind of you to offer that.

  • Wiley E.

    Gator, we know you are in Regina’s pocket. Just, which one? It does matter.

  • gatornyc

    sal, way to lash out with baseless insults. You’re also forgetting about usage of Pier 5 on weekends. There is simply no reason to delay the opening of Pier 5 until the lighting is restored.

    gerry, my comment was based on your defamation of OBBP on several other threads. Can’t take someone who would baselessly disparage something seriously. In any event, additional parking is coming when the uplands of 3 and 4 are completed next Fall. In the interim as Sandy noted there are two handicap spaces on the Pier 6 side of OBBP.

    wiley, why is it a crime not to hate the Park?

  • Mr. Crusty

    Gator, that is just the way Wiley E is. He can’t imagine that anyone could be supportive of the park without having some sort of corrupting financial interest. I was similarly accused of being “in Regina’s pocket” As well. It is just silliness from an unserious person. Pay him no mind.

  • Sandy

    Gerry – the park is about a mile and a half long (from Atlantic to the Manhattan bridge). That’s like 7,500 feet. You can’t seriously think that there needs to be handicapped parking every 500 feet along that stretch, can you?That would be over 1,000 handicapped parking spaces!

  • Eddyenergizer

    Sandy your measuring and math are off. First, the park is at best only about 6,500 feet long (measured in Google Earth). Second, 7,500 divided by 500 is 15 not 1,000.

  • Wiley E.

    I don’t hate the park “concept”. I hate the way it is being corrupted into becoming a real-estate development for the wealthy, instead of a community asset for everyone.

  • Gerry

    @ Sandy, The law is the law and a walk of 500 feet for a disabled person is not handicapped parking.

    Here in NYC the DOT provides a SVI Placard -Special Vehicle Identification and so I park the car in zones that say “No Parking Anytime” or “No Parking Except Authorized vehicles”, MD, Judges, Trucks Loading/Unloading, etc.

    My car is an authorized vehicle.

    Here in the 5 boros handicapped parking often does not look like handicapped parking.

    Also, I dont put money in meters the placard on the dashboard precudes the need to feed the muni-meter.

    And so, YES I feel the law should be upheld and that handicapped parking privilidges per the law, ADA – Americans with Disabilitys Act, upheld.

    @ gatornyc – I would not buy a condo in the troubled One Brooklyn Bridge Park complex it is a flood zone just add the recent flood to a number of other problems at OBBP. And if you do not like my opinion of OBBP that is your problem can you dig it? We plan to stay up here on high ground.

  • Gerry

    @ Eddyenergizer – thank you for correcting Sandy math the size of BBP.

    Today Sandy has been informed of the correct dimensions of the new park AND Sandy has been informed of NYC DOT Handicapped Parking policy

  • gatornyc

    @gerry, I have no problem if you don’t want to buy a unit at OBBP (I’m kind of glad to hear that as you don’t sound like someone I would want as a neighbor). That’s your right and I have no problem with you stating that opinion. I do have a problem with you posting blatantly incorrect information about OBBP, which you absolutely did. Repeatedly. You dig?

    Indeed, you keep trying to take it to OBBP calling it a “troubled” building and generally referring to “a number of other problems at OBBP.” Care to explain why OBBP is troubled or what other problems it has? OBBP is not troubled, it is dealing with the damage caused by Sandy extremely well, and it does not have “other problems.”

  • David on Middagh

    One of these days, someone will say something actionable, and then the lawyers will compel Homer to turn over his IP address records. No skin of his back, but you have to hope the reckless loudmouths are connecting from someone else’s wifi!

  • Gerry

    @ gatornyc – a myriad of problems at OBBP include a flood zone, etc. I do not have the time to repeat data provided on past blog entries you can search for them yourself. And if you did care about OBBP you would not want these facts posted again, and again you would drop this now. OBBP has more than its share of problems.

    @ David on Middagh – Until a “retainer” is provided no lawyer would bother with anyones post here on the BH blog lawyers do not work for free.

  • MontTer

    Gerry strikes me as someone who would be abusing his special parking permit, e.g. not pay the meters while he is alone out shopping for breakfast baGEls.