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Artist, Philanthropist, Carousel Namesake, Jane Walentas Dies at 76

As reported by Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Brooklyn Paper, Philanthropist, Artist, Real Estate Developer, and “First Lady of Dumbo,” Jane Walentas passed away July 5th after a brief battle with cancer. She was 76 years old. The Walentas Family and their management company, Two Trees, is synonymous with DUMBO as we now know it. And […]

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New Section of Brooklyn Bridge Park Opens

A new section of Brooklyn Bridge Park, upland from Pier Two (the one with the basketball courts and other athletic facilities), opened recently. It includes a water feature, seen in the photo taken by your correspondent today), with fountains that jet up at intervals, providing cooling relief on hot days like today and fun for […]

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Missing Part of Brooklyn Bridge Park to be Completed Starting This Fall

The vacant, fenced off wasteland seen in the photo, which lies just under the Brooklyn Bridge between Water Street and the East River will be made into an attractive bit of parkland that will finally join Brooklyn Bridge Park’s northern and southern sections. For a rendering of what the new parkland should look like, see Ranaan […]

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Squibb Bridge is Back!

The blog reported on the demolition of the original Squibb Bridge last October. To the surprise of many, the bridge has been rebuilt and reopened today in what seems record time, and during a pandemic no less. If you’re in the mood for controversy over the reopening, head over to the Gothamist. If you’d rather […]

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Squibb Bridge to Re-Open Monday, May 4

According to Caroline Spivack in Curbed  the pedestrian bridge linking Squibb Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park (and presumably Squibb Park itself, which provides access and egress) will re-open this coming Monday, May 4. Early this month your correspondent noted that the bridge’s restoration appeared to be nearly complete, but speculated that the suspension of non-essential construction would freeze further […]

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Mystery Sailboat at ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina Houses Healthcare Workers

Those of you who, like me, have taken solitary, or with spouse/partner, exercise on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade may have noticed a single white hulled sailboat docked at the ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina, located between piers 4 and 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. This New York Magazine “Intelligencer” Article by Laura Van Straaten explains how it came and what […]

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Sorry, Brooklyn Heights Did Not Set a Property Value Record

There’s been a lot of excitement in various forums since Curbed reported that a “Brooklyn Heights penthouse” sold for $20 million, a record for any residential property in the Borough of Brooklyn. Oddly, the New York Post story Curbed cites gives the correct location of the penthouse: Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Penthouse sits atop Quay Tower, seen in your […]

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“Bouncy Bridge” Replacement Appears Near Completion

Today was a pleasant day, and your correspondent decided to take some needed “solitary exercise.” Properly masked and gloved, and carefully maintaining social distance, I walked the length of the Promenade, continued down Columbia Heights to Brooklyn Bridge Park, then back up and home. On the way, I saw that the “non-bouncy” replacement of the […]

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Brooklyn Bridge Park During PAUSE

Brooklyn Bridge Park President Eric Landau has issued the following guidance for use of the park while New York is on PAUSE: The health and safety of our staff, visitors, and community is our top priority. While the Park is open, please note that it is open for passive use and solitary recreation only. We encourage people to […]

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More Coronavirus Updates: Borough President Adams, BPL, BHS, BBP

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams (photo) has announced that, starting this coming Monday, March 16, all events at Borough Hall are cancelled, excluding “Grow Brooklyn Free Tax Prep, for which appointments remain necessary, pending eligibility.”  The Constituent Assistance Center won’t be available for walk-ins, but can be reached through email – askeric@brookynbp.nyc.gov – or by calling […]

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