Preview of Brooklyn Bridge Park Beach and Pier 2

Yesterday morning Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myer led a Jane’s Walk, one of over 100 walking tours held this weekend under the auspices of The Municipal Art Society of New York City. The purpose of this tour was to give a preview of two soon to open parts of the Park, the beach adjoining the ruined Pier 4 (photo, with Ms Myer), and Pier 2, which will house various athletic facilities.

Sepaerated from the beach by a narrow channel is “Bird Island,” an artificial wildlife habitat made with riprap and soil. Plants will soon be added. As the photo sows, some birds are already enjoying it, and the ruined pier beyond.

We headed north to the first of two bridges leading to Pier 2, where Ms Myer opened the gate after warning that we were entering an active construction area, and should stick together. The pier is connected to land by two bridges, one at its northern and the other at its southern side. These bridges cross a channel for use by kayakers.

We proceeded onto the pier, crossing what will be shuffleboard courts.

There will be five basketball courts, two covered and three without roof.

Workers were putting finishing touches on this goal. Note the swings beyond.

At the pier’s outer end is a half acre turf field, which can be used for pickup soccer or pther games, and will also serve as a venue for entertainment events.

This will be the roller rink. There are no plans at present for an ice rink, but this may come in the future.

Nick from Colossal Media was applying signage.

These will be handball courts.

We leftthe pier by the northern bridge, where more painting was being done.

Ms Myser could not give a specific date for the opening of the beach or Pier 2, but said, “Soon.”

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  • BrooklynCoffeeLover

    I am very excited for the pier and beach to open. I’ve been running by them every day and I love seeing them grow and saying to myself “oh that’s new!”

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Does anyone know if permits are required? If permits are required will there be free time for a couple hours a day?

  • Jorale-man

    I hope they’re able to keep the beach clean. If you notice, there’s a lot of garbage washing up on the rocks on a daily basis. No sign of a lifeguard chair yet anyhow.

  • Alfonce

    everything looks nice, but lets hope it stays clean. i think the tourist helicopters are a bit of a distraction from the park though, it sort of takes away from the tranquality of a park like atmosphere.
    but it is a nice park never the less.

  • BrooklynCoffeeLover

    They said “soon” but New York Road Runners has an event scheduled there on May 14. Last year, they had the Brooklyn Half Marathon expo in Dumbo, but since it’s under construction, they moved it to pier 2. They had fireworks last year as well, so hope it’s as fun.

  • BrooklynCoffeeLover

    Permits for what? The beach?

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Permits for the basketball courts, bocce, shuffle board, handball courts. I don’t think it is first come first serve.

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  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Thanks CoffeeLover. Appreciate the assist.