The NY Times reports on a new viewing platform planned for Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6:
Voilà: A new plan, which should win city approval shortly, would give Pier 6, off Atlantic Avenue, a flowering meadow with seasonal grasses, a sprawling field and a triangular wooden viewing platform. That’s at the southern end of this spectacularly successful 1.3-mile-long Brooklyn park, where there’s already a maze of children’s playgrounds. The meadow and field would add breathing room to the pier and a mini-Great Lawn floating serenely over the East River.
However, this passage in the NYT piece by Michael Kimmelman has struck a sour note with BHB’s TK Small:
It’s only a pity that the required wheelchair ramp and its railing along the structure’s edge mean that the platform feels partly disconnected from the lawn.
Small fired off this missive to Kimmelman this evening:
Dear Mr. Kimmelman,
As a 48 year resident of Brooklyn Heights, who uses a motorized wheelchair, there is a good chance that we have crossed paths in the neighborhood. Near the end of your recent column, your statement “It’s only a pity that the required wheelchair ramp and its railing along the structure’s edge mean that the platform feels partly disconnected from the lawn.” is obnoxious.
Public spaces should be maximally inclusive, which includes wheelchair ramps and the concomitant railings. It’s not a “pity”, it’s a good thing!
Attorney at Law
Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council Member