NYC Parks News for Brooklyn Bridge Park copyright © 2016 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/newsroom.html NYC Department of Parks & Recreation en-us Thu, 26 May 2016 13:06:24 GMT NYC Parks News 25 25 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/newsroom.html http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/parks_leaf_thumb.gif <![CDATA[2014 Season Wrap Up: Brooklyn Bridge Park Events]]> dailyplant23245 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=23245 Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) and Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy celebrated the conclusion of its fifth and most successful programming season to date. Over 500 free and low-cost events and activities, including Syfy Movies With A View, sand volleyball clinics at Pier 6, multiple outdoor fitness classes with the Dodge YMCA, outdoor theater and dance performances and more were enjoyed by 160,000 attendees. In addition, thousands came to the park to picnic, sightsee and take in the spectacular views.

We are thrilled to have park users coming from an even wider range of the NY region this year, said BBP President Regina Myer. As we continue to add more parkland, Brooklyn Bridge Park continues to be a destination for relaxation, recreation and culture with terrific free programming.

The summer saw the return of several key programming partners including: BRIC Arts BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn, who kicked off the season with their Celebrate Brooklyn! concerts in May; Jazzmobile, whose concert this year featured Arturo OFarrill; and the Metropolitan Opera. Photovilles third year at BBP brought even more acclaim and an estimated 70,000 exhibition visitors, and the Dumbo Arts Festival brought its unique pieces to BBP over one enormously successful weekend in late September. The Public Art Fund, with Danh Vos We the People, was again instrumental in bringing important arts programming to park visitors.

Filling the park with fantastic, free programs become more exciting each year as new parkland becomes available, said Nancy Webster, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. We are incredibly proud to provide these services to the community and New Yorkers alike, further enriching our incredible park.

New York Road Runners hosted their Brooklyn Half Pre-Party on the newly-opened Pier 2, to which 25,000 runners and their friends flocked. BBP also partnered with the New York Mets and Under Armour to provide free athletic events and activities to Pier 2 over the season. Brooklyn Boatworks, in a lead up to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Marinas Community Boating Program jauntily launched students hand-crafted boats from Pier 4 Beach. Other event highlights included the Syfy Movies With A View series, which was enjoyed by 41,000 viewers on Thursday evenings in July and august, and Books Beneath the Bridge, the popular outdoor reading series curated by six local bookstores, which returned for its third year and welcomed such acclaimed authors such as Elizabeth Mitchell, Joanna Rakoff, Emma Straub, Genevieve Valentine, and Kate Bernheimer. Also this year, for the first time, the U.S. Open was streamed live at the Harborview Lawn and enjoyed by hundreds over the duration of the tournament.

More than 8,000 students from across New York City including every zip code in Brooklyn attended education programs in the park. Students explored aquatic ecology, sustainability, the Brooklyn Bridge, geology, history, and more through hands-on activities that utilized Brooklyn Bridge Park as a living classroom.

The park also hosted 1,49-0 volunteers who gave more than 6,800 hours of their time to beautify the park, conduct user surveys, lead public tours that explored the horticulture, history and design of the park, and helm the information cart that provided visitors with park essentials.

Park and Conservancy staff, with the help of volunteers, also completed its visitor count and usership survey. Conducted over several days during the summer season, the counts estimated that approximately 119,000 visitors came to Brooklyn Bridge Park on an average summer weekend (Saturday and Sunday), with a weekday average of 24,539. Pier 1 remains the most popular destination and entrance point, closely followed by newly-opened Pier 2. Although total usership did not increase at the same rate as the previous year, the Park drew a larger proportion of visitors from greater Brooklyn (32% of the total) and the rest of the boroughs (20% of the total).

Our imaginative and popular park programs are unique because they pique the interest of audiences across all artistic mediums and interests, said Alison Hughes, Director of Programs. We are excited by our continued programming success and look forward to providing more opportunities for visitors in 2015.

Brooklyn Bridge Park will continue to expand in 2015 with the completion of the Pier 6 parkland, with its winding paths, flower gardens and lawns for passive recreation. Midway through the year, the renovated and expanded Main Street parkland will open including the adaptively reused Plymouth Street building which will provide space for the Conservancys Environmental Education Center. Further north, the tidal marshes and pedestrian bridges of John Street will bring BBP even closer to completion.

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

"Laughter is the closest distance between two people."

Victor Borge

(1909-2000)

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<![CDATA[New Sports Fields And Picnic Peninsula Open At Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 5]]> dailyplant22812 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=22812 Squibb Park Bridge Nearing Completion, Will Provide a Link for Pedestrians
to the Surrounding Community and Public Transportation


On December 13, Mayor Bloomberg opened Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, a $26 million, five-acre former shipping pier that is now home to three multi-purpose sports fields and an adjacent picnic peninsula. The configuration of the fields is adaptable, serving a variety of sports throughout the seasons two of the fields can be combined to create a regulation soccer field for collegiate competition, or one field may be divided to accommodate youth soccer matches, and the fields will accommodate lacrosse, rugby, cricket, flag football and ultimate Frisbee. In addition, Squibb Park Bridge, a 244-foot bridge that connects the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood to the park, is slated to soon be completed.

The Mayor was joined at the ceremony by Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myer, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Executive Director Nancy Webster, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Member Joan Millman, Council Member Steve Levin, New York City Parks Commissioner Veronica White, New York Red Bulls General Manager Je de Bontin, Goalkeeper Ryan Meara and Forward Kenny Cooper, St. Francis College President Brendan J. Dugan, and student athletes from St. Francis College.

BBP will begin permitting the fields for league play in spring 2013 during open park hours, and will provide open play for the general public and free play for public schools. Because BBPs electrical equipment sustained significant flood damaged during Hurricane Sandy, there will be no evening play until the electrical equipment that provides power to the pier lights is replaced.

Pier 5s synthetic turf fields are supported by shock pad and an organic infill made of sand and coconut fibers. In addition to padding the playing area, this infill will help decrease surface temperature, creating a cooler experience for teams and spectators. Shade sails line the northern and southern sides of the pier to provide shade, and there will be ample lighting for night play, with 30 light poles around the perimeter of the fields. A 30-foot promenade surrounding the fields will offer a unique opportunity for visitors to get out on the water and take in the magnificent views of lower Manhattan and the New York Harbor. There will also be an area for fishing equipped with bait preparation tables. Benches and bleachers will provide friends and family members with the best seats in the house.

Adjacent to Pier 5 will be the Picnic Peninsula, an area that includes picnic tables constructed out of salvaged long leaf yellow pine, umbrellas for shade, a barbeque area with grills that will accommodate more than two dozen grillers at a time, a concession area, tetherball, and two play areas for children. The parkwide greenway will connect through the Picnic Peninsula. Both Pier 5 and the Picnic Peninsula were designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

At the opposite end of the park at Pier 1, visitors will soon have another way to access the park. The Squibb Park Bridge will provide a vital circulation link for pedestrians near the center of the park. The bridges proximity to the surrounding community and to public transportation will offer park visitors from around the city a convenient and dramatic approach to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Designed by HNTB Corporation, the $5.9 million bridge is slated to open before the end of the year.

The bridge will be composed of black locust timber, a sustainable, naturally rot resistant material, with galvanized steel connections, mesh panels and lit handrails. The design echoes the material context of the existing industrial waterfront as well as the material palette featured throughout the park.


QUOTATION OF THE DAY

When you have a dream you've got to grab it and never let go.

Carol Burnett

(1933 - )
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<![CDATA[Brooklyn Bridge Park Opens New Pop-up Pool At Pier 2]]> dailyplant22703 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=22703 Brooklyn Bridge Park last week opened the Pop-Up Pool, a new five-year temporary pool that is situated off of the park greenway near Pier 2. The pool area includes a sandy beach with 25 lounge chairs and 10 picnic tables with umbrellas. The site also includes a food and drink concession, showers and restrooms. Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myer and Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Executive Director Nancy Webster were joined by Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Member Joan Millman, Councilmember Steve Levin, a representative from Borough President Marty Markowitzs office, Jane Smith and Marc Gordon of Spacesmith and Anna Dietzsch of Davis Brody Bond Architects and Planners.

This new pop-up pool provides a great new venue for Brooklyn residents to cool off during these hot summer days, said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe. We're grateful to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation and the Conservancy for designing, planning and funding this remarkable addition to the Park. We invite visitors to take advantage of the pools beautiful, sandy beach to rest, relax and enjoy the splendid views of lower Manhattan.

We are grateful for Senator Squadrons and Assembly Member Millmans leadership as well as the Senators additional support on this project, said Regina Myer, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Pop-up Pool provides a much needed oasis for all park visitors during the hot summer months and with the adjacent sandy beach and concession, it makes for a very unique park experience for all who visit.
The addition of the temporary pool was included in a Memorandum of Understanding agreed to by the City, Senator Squadron, along with Assembly Member Millman, which allowed for continued park progress. Senator Squadron recently secured $400,000 in state funding for the construction of the $700,000 pool.

The pool, which will be located at Pier 2 for five years, will be operated by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. It measures 30 x 50 and 3.5 feet deep and is ideal for families. The maximum capacity of the pool is 60 people, but open hours will be divided into swimming sessions to accommodate as many swimmers as possible. It will operate daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Labor Day. Affordably priced swim lessons will be available from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The beach and food concession Brooklyn Beach Shack will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Admission to the pool and beach is free.

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<![CDATA[Parks Designer Emmanuel Thingue Wins 2011 Sloan Public Service Award]]> pressrelease20975 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=20975 2016-05-26T09:06:24-04:00 <![CDATA[Turning Dreams into Reality in Brooklyn]]> pressrelease20905 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/press_releases/press_releases.php?id=20905 On March 22, the first piece of one of the most exciting park projects in decades opened to the public. It is the Pier I section of Brooklyn Bridge Park. It will be part of Brooklyns new front yard on the waterfront, and a delicious sample of great things to come. Thanks to the hard work of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition (now the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy), local civic leaders, our City and State elected and appointed officials, the guidance of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, the patience and faith of Brooklynites and other citizens near and far, and the visionary design of Michael van Valkenburgh Associates, New Yorkers who want to experience an innovative 21st-century landscaped park are already flocking to Brooklyn. Brooklyn Bridge Park promises to be the most significant new park in the borough since Prospect Park was built in the mid- 19th century. This historic occasion was marked by Nicolai Ouroussoff, architectural critic of the New York Times, in his review in the Arts section on Friday, April 1. Please enjoy reading his piece which heralds Brooklyn Bridge Park as one of the most positive statements about our culture we've seen in years.

New York Times: The Greening of the Waterfront

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<![CDATA[Love Blooms In New York City’s Parks]]> dailyplant19787 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=19787 Though New York City is filled with extraordinary dining and extravagant gifts, our natural settings still reign supreme as romantic spots for Valentine’s Day. In any given park throughout the city, you will often find New Yorkers, dressed in their best, hand-in-hand (or, sometimes, lip-to-lip) with their spouses. Read on for some of New York City’s most romantic spots.

Bronx:

Van Cortlandt Park – Take a leisurely walk around the lake or hike the John Muir Nature Trail in this woodsy paradise.
Wave Hill – Watch the sun set over the Palisades or visit one of the most impressive arboretums in New York City.
Orchard Beach – A romantic walk on the rocky shoreline of Hunter Island will transport you to the coast of Old New England.
Bronx Park – Watch the spectacular waterfall on New York City’s only freshwater river, Bronx River.

Brooklyn:
Brooklyn Bridge Park – Watch the sun set over Manhattan as the East River glistens before you.
Lullwater Bridge, Prospect Park – The waterfall and boathouse make the perfect setting for romance.
Fulton Park – Stroll through the great trees in this treasured neighborhood park.
Sunset Park – Eagle-eye views of Manhattan, Staten Island, New Jersey, and the Statue of Liberty over the East River and New York Bay will make you feel like you’re on top of the world.

Manhattan:
Heather Garden, Fort Tryon Park – This picturesque garden offers spectacular views of the Palisades in all seasons.
The Battery – Take in unparalleled views as seagulls fly, the waves lap, and the sun sets over Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Madison Square Park – Enjoy world-class outdoor art in this historic park right in the heart of Manhattan.
Carl Schurz Park – Cuddle up on the benches behind the grand, Federal-style Gracie Mansion.

Queens:
Fort Totten Park – Peer across the Long Island Sound through stately Civil War-era structures.
Astoria Park – Stroll the East River waterfront overlooking Roosevelt Island and the awesome Manhattan skyline.
Baisley Pond Park – Sit and relax under the gazebo and gaze out at the fabled gigantic lily pads resting on the pond.
Kissena Park – Weeping willows set the mood around the beautiful lake.

Staten Island:
Alice Austen House – This Victorian garden will transport you to 19th-century romance.
Willowbrook Park – Ride the carousel with your sweetheart and feel like a kid again.
Clove Lakes Park – Row a boat ride on the lake while enjoying the beautiful park.

St. Valentine is considered the patron saint of love and lovers. According to legend, he married lovers in secret when Emperor Claudius outlawed marriage, fearing it made men poor soldiers. While imprisoned for these actions, he sent the first "valentine," a note to his beloved that he signed "from your Valentine."

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

"If you keep at it, one day something which at first appeared impossible will become merely something very difficult indeed."

Danny Paradise
(born 1943)

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<![CDATA[Bridging Past and Future]]> dailyplant19761 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=19761 On this day in 1870, construction began on one of our City’s most celebrated architectural wonders: the Brooklyn Bridge. Construction took 13 years and $18 million; approximately 27 people died during the process. At the time of its completion, in May of 1883, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, and the first of four East River crossings to be constructed over four decades. Today, the Brooklyn Bridge remains one of the world’s most loved water crossings, and is one of 10 bridges in New York City designated as historic landmarks.

The Brooklyn Bridge was designed by John Augustus Roebling; after his death in 1869, the project was overseen by his son, Washington. Roebling Sr. intended the bridge "to be ranked as a national monument… a great work of art." Indeed, over the years, everyone from Frank Lloyd Wright to Georgia O’Keefe to Walt Whitman has found inspiration in its enduring beauty.

Though much has changed since 1870, the public’s fascination with this Gothic structure remains. It carries more than 137,000 vehicles over the East River in an average weekday, yet remains one of New York City’s most popular walking sites. It is the oldest standing passenger bridge in the City (the oldest standing bridge is the High Bridge).

The Department of Transportation, which oversees the Brooklyn Bridge, will soon begin several maintenance projects, including a seismic retrofitting that is slated for completion in 2013.

Today, an 85-acre swath of land under the east side of the Brooklyn Bridge hosts one of New York City’s newest and most anticipated waterfront areas: Brooklyn Bridge Park. The first phase of construction was unveiled in December 2004; the second phase, in October 2005. The three-part project stretches across years and is the result of a massive collaboration between the offices of the Governor and Mayor, various City officials, the State and City parks departments, and numerous community groups.

The newest section of the park, bordered by the East River and Adams and Plymouth Streets, includes a newly accessible beach area and waterfront esplanade. New trees, shrubs, perennial beds, and expanses of groundcover form a natural landscape. Bluestone sidewalk pavement and an ornamental perimeter steel fence extend along Plymouth and around Adams Streets. A Manhattan Bridge-inspired gateway and new water supply, drinking fountains, irrigation system, and lighting were also added.

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

"Not all who wander are lost."

J.R.R. Tolkien
(1892-1973)

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<![CDATA[PARKS CUTS RIBBON ON HISTORIC BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK PHASE II]]> dailyplant19711 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=19711 Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe yesterday joined Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assembly Member Joan Millman, Council Member David Yassky, Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation President Wendy Leventer, and Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Co-Chairs Marianna Koval and Claude Shostal to cut the ribbon on Phase II of Brooklyn Bridge Park. This $3.7 million project included the reconstruction of the shoreline and the creation of a rocky beach and waterfront esplanade.

"This is the City’s newest waterfront park, part of the revitalization of the City’s shoreline that has become a hallmark of Mayor Bloomberg’s administration," said Commissioner Benepe. "This is also the latest milestone in a far-reaching partnership between the Mayor, Governor, residents, civic leaders, and elected officials to create an ever greater open space vision for the people of Brooklyn that will stretch from where we stand all the way to Atlantic Avenue. The thriving neighborhoods of Downtown Brooklyn are well on their way to getting the amenities they so urgently need."

"Today’s park opening brings us closer to our dream of converting 1.3 miles of formerly industrial waterfront to an 85-acre world-class park for all New Yorkers to enjoy," said Charles Gargano, Chairman of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation and Empire State Development Corporation. "This park will be extraordinary in offering a range of recreational opportunities, unparalleled access to the water, and wonderful views of the Harbor and Lower Manhattan. We are excited about Brooklyn Bridge Park and pleased with the partnership between government, community members and an award-winning design team that is making this park a reality."

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Phase II, bordered by the East River and Adams and Plymouth Streets, includes a newly accessible beach area and waterfront esplanade. New trees, shrubs, perennial beds, and expanses of groundcover form a natural landscape. Bluestone sidewalk pavement and an ornamental perimeter steel fence extend along Plymouth and around Adams Streets. A Manhattan Bridge-inspired gateway and new water supply, drinking fountains, irrigation system, and lighting were also added.

Brooklyn Bridge Park will be an 85-acre continuous public waterfront park stretching 1.3 miles from Atlantic Avenue to the Con Edison site north of the Manhattan Bridge. The project is jointly supported by the State and City of New York, and contains properties managed by several different public agencies. The first phase of Brooklyn Bridge Park was completed in December.

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy."

Rabindranath Tagore
(1861-1941)

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<![CDATA[NEXT WAVE OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK OPENS]]> dailyplant18193 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=18193 Brooklynites had something to celebrate on Monday, September 22, as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Governor George E. Pataki, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz opened the newest segment of Brooklyn Bridge Park. This 1.5-acre segment was converted from a parking lot into lush green parkland as part of a far-reaching City/State plan to transform a 1.3-mile stretch of the formerly industrial Brooklyn waterfront into parkland. In July of 2001, work began to provide increased public access to Brooklyns historic waterfront, and Mondays ceremony marked the opening the $6.6 million, city-funded renovation of this portion of the park.

Parks & Recreation stabilized and reconstructed the shoreline, using large granite boulders to replace the rubble. On the southern edge, the rocks have been pulled back to create public access to the water. Large granite steps and a pedestrian path lead to the scenic viewing spot. A new plaza with bluestone paving and special seating links Brooklyn Bridge Park to Empire Stores/ Fulton Ferry State Park, serving as an entranceway for both green spaces. Native shoreline plantings have improved the wildlife habitat at the river's edge. Trees, shrubs and wildflowers have also been planted. Pedestrian paths, new sidewalks, benches, fencing, park lighting and a nautical flagpole make Brooklyn Bridge Park even more enjoyable for all park patrons.

The childrens play area has a nautical theme, featuring a 50-foot ships hull and a spray shower shaped like a paddle wheel ferry. The playground segment of the project was completed in December 2001, just five months after the groundbreaking. The next phase of construction extends the waterfront experience and is expected to start in fall of 2003.

This new park lies within the historic district of Fulton Ferry, now known as DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges Overpasses). When the first commercial ferry service between Long Island and New Amsterdam started in 1642, this neighborhood was established as a hub for maritime commerce. From 1850 to 1912 the Catharine Slip Ferry carried passengers from Main Street the site of this project to the shores of Manhattan. With the completion of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges in 1883 and 1902, ferry service dwindled, but the Brooklyn waterfront remained an active port for many years.

The decline of maritime commerce coupled with a surge in the areas residential population helped to inspire the creation of this waterfront park. In 2002, the efforts of the Local Development Corporation and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition, along with elected officials, and community residents spurred the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation (BBPDC) officially formed by Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Pataki. The BBPDC, a subsidiary if the Empire State Development Corporation, is creating a master plan for a 1.3-mile park stretching from the Manhattan Bridge to Atlantic Avenue on City, State and Port Authority properties.

Deputy Mayor for Administration Patricia E. Harris, Empire State Development Corporation Chairman Charles Gargano and Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Development Corporation Jim Moogan also attended Mondays press conference at the park. Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects Amy Freitag, Assistant Commissioner for Capital Projects Nancy Barthold, and Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Julius Spiegel were also there to celebrate the opening.

Thanks to Parks & Recreations Capital Projects team for all their efforts. Landscapes Architects include Marcha Johnson, Emmanuel Thingue, Dennis Flynn, Nancy Prince, and Hui Mei Grove. Construction staff include Ricardo Marc, Francisco Velez, Matthias Augustin and William Walsh. Other members of the Capital Team that worked on this project include John Natoli, Mary Pazan, Celia Peterson, Gerald Castagna, Dominick Cusumano, Peter Williams, Brian Duncan, Samuel Akinyemi, Jerry Young and David Martin.

With its lush green lawn, scenic views of both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, its nautical playground, benches for relaxing, and wide steps cascading to the waters edge, this picturesque park is sure to become a favorite for New Yorkers and tourists alike.

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

"A little house a house of my own

Out of the winds and the rains way."

Padraic Colum

(1881-1955)

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<![CDATA[LAND AHEAD! BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK PLAYGROUND IS COMPLETE]]> dailyplant12665 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=12665 Since Commissioners, designers, and contractors broke ground on Brooklyn Bridge Park in July, the project has changed. In the first days after September 11, Parks Brooklyn staff was consumed with relief efforts and access to the site blocked off. Soon thereafter, Parkies and contractors resumed work. In five months they completed a playground planned for as many as twenty years.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Playground, a nautical-themed play space, is part of a City, State, and community-driven plan for 70 acres of waterfront park. On Thursday, December 27, in the company of State Assembly Member Joan (Waterfront) Millman; Julius (Mirror) Spiegel, Brooklyn Borough Commissioner; and Olanike Alabi, District Manager for Community Board 2, Commissioner Henry J. (StarQuest) Stern welcomed children onto a giant ships hull, the central feature of the playground.

Designers Dennis (Phinsfan) Flynn, Hui Mei (Bamboo) Grove, Marcha Johnson, Nancy (Designing Woman) Prince, and Emmanuel Thingue created a replica of a ships hull for kids to climb in. They added tire swings and slides to wear them out and a spray shower shaped like a ferryboat to cool them off. A glance north reveals views of New York Harbor and the bridges that arch above it. A nautical flagpole towers overhead. The design will spark kids imagination as they step into New York Citys history of ferryboats and maritime trade. Already a group of community residents, Main Street Mothers, have organized to support the playground and help it thrive.

The Main Street portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park is one tangible result of a remarkable public process in which Parks worked with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition, New York State Park, and Community Board 2. Parks identified the lot and then, in consultation with those groups, planned and designed a 1.5-acre park, a major piece of their 70-acre plan. Mayor Giuliani funded the $6 million of work. The project is one of his efforts to open New York Citys waterfront for public use.

Phase One of work, the playground, was completed on time and on budget in spite of exceptional circumstances. Congratulations to everyone who worked on it.

Watch a webcast from the Groundbreaking of Brooklyn Bridge Park

ALFRED NOBEL TO ASSUME PLACE OF HONOR
IN THEODORE ROOSEVELT PARK

The experience of Theodore Roosevelt Park will be more powerful next summer when Parks installs a monument to Alfred Nobel and the American recipients of the award that is his legacy. There, in a park that recalls the first American laureate, adjacent to a distinguished institution of learning, New York City will honor some of our countrys greatest scholars as well as Nobel himself. Construction of the monument and surrounding site began at a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, December 17.

Three years ago at an annual Nobel dinner held at the Swedish Consulate, the idea for a monument celebrating the American recipients of the prize was conceived. The construction of the monument was widely supported as a way to honor the centennial anniversary of the prize. Parks and the Swedish Consulate of New York worked together since then to have this monument erected in New York City.

Sivert Lindblom, a renowned Swedish artist whose work includes the Stockholm Holocaust monument, has designed a monolith with four sides of rough-hewn red Swedish Granite resting on a round of black diabase. The monument will hone Alfred Nobel and list the names of all the American recipients of the Nobel. Prize.. Space has been left on the monument for future prize winners. Commissioner Henry J. (StarQuest) Stern, Swedish Consul General Olle (Bulletin) Wterberg, Nobel Prize winner Eric (Synapse) Kandel, Bronx High School of Science Principal Valerie (Koala) Reidy, Senior Vice President and Provost of Natural History Museum Michael J. (Carnivore) Novacek, Phd, and Manhattan Borough Commissioner Adrian (A-Train) Benepe broke ground to herald the building of the monument in Theodore Roosevelt Park.

THIRTEEN YEARS AGO IN THE PLANT

(Tuesday, January 17, 1989)

RANGERS OFFER FREE WEEKEND
WINTER WALKS FOR JANUARY

Tired of staying in on cold winter weekends? Bundle up and meet the Urban Park Rangers for a breath of fresh air on an upcoming weekend walk.

BRONX

Saturday, January 21 Colonial Candlemaking Workshop

See how the Van Cortlandt family lived in the days before electricity when candles were made using native plants such as bayberry. Come learn the colonial craft of candlemaking in the newly-renovated Van Cortlandt Mansion. All materials will be provided. Meet on the front steps of the Van Cortlandt Mansion, near 242nd Street and Broadway, at 1 P.M.

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

This land is your land, this land is my land,
From California to the New York island,
From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters,
This land was made for you and me.

Woody Guthrie
1912-1967

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