Heights Resident Puts Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 on New Yorker Cover

The cover of this week’s New Yorker magazine is a sketch of a lively basketball game being played on the Pier Two courts in Brooklyn Bridge Park, with the lower Manhattan skyline in the background. As Françoise Mouly reports, it was made by Brooklyn Heights resident Jorge Colombo, using his iPad. Colombo is quoted as calling the park “one of my favorite places to hang out.”

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  • Love Laner

    Very cool! Love the sepia tones.

  • B.

    Still say the roof should have been level and grassed over, with benches looking out to the harbor, and flowering shrubs. Never enough green space; and probably the sound that ricochets from the courts up to the Promenade would be muffled.

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  • Henry Strudevant

    Is this genius going to depict one of these darlings waving a gun around or punching out a senior citizen or shouting obscenities, often laced with racial language or threatening a local merchant? Uh, is that going to make on the cover, or anywhere inside in the wonderful august New Yorker zine?


    Wasn’t this racist asshole banned from the site?

  • Henry Strudevant

    So any criticism of what has actually happened at and around BBP is immediately “racism”? Amazing stupidity and intellectual dishonesty.

    And by the way, incase you haven’t noticed, this isn’t 1965 and the “R” word doesn’t work to silence anything you don’t want heard.

  • Brixtony

    The dishonesty (and probably racism) is yours, neighbor. While those things happened, it represents .001% of what the people using the park have done. The park is very well used by tourists and residents of NYC as well. I am a 70 year old who goes there with my dog and friends all the time. My only interactions with the “kids” you’re afraid of have been positive – politely asking for directions, admiring the dog, etc.

  • Henry Strudevant

    All I’m saying is that if you depict a cover scene like that oh so nicely distracts from what the park to a disturbing degree has been. I don’t know where you get your .001% figure as if unreported crime isn’t any factor in this. By the way, from its founding the New Yorker has been one of the prime tools for social and political “change” advocates…and apoligests for revolutionary movements….and no again, use it all you want, but the “R” word doesn’t/won’t work to silence free speech.

  • B.

    Having just taken a walk along what I still think of as “the West Side Highway,” this time from 16th Street down to the Battery, I was struck by the placement of the several basketball courts built there.

    Instead of creating one enormous basketball area where hundreds of kids can gather, the designers interspersed basketball courts with grassy areas, tennis courts, dog runs, play areas, and gardens. Boys were playing basketball — but they really were playing, and there was not an enormous area where onlookers, and too often troublemakers, could simply mill about.

    What juts into the Hudson are green spaces, sitting areas, a little miniature golf course (I think); places to catch river breezes.

    You have to wonder what possessed the planners of the Heights park to create that enormous, isolated basketball zone. Seen from a commuter boat, it juts into the East River like a sore, unlovely thumb. And what it creates, at times, is unlovely behavior.