Brooklyn Bridge Park Gets $40 Million Donation for Community Rec Center!


Today the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation board announced that a private donor has offered $40 million to construct a year-round recreation center at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The center will be vetted via community dialogue before being built. State Senator Daniel Squadron issued a release on this news that also noted that the “board approved $66.5 million in funding from the City, including the fully-restored funding commitment secured in Senator Squadron’s and Assemblymember Millman’s agreement with the City last summer.” We’ve been asking around about who the private donor is, and all we know so far is that the donor initials are not “M.B.” Update, via the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp: “Regina Myer, president of the park, announced that Joshua Rechnitz, founder and Chairman of the New York City Fieldhouse Inc. (Fieldhouse), a not-for-profit corporation, offered to underwrite the design and construction costs of a year-round, multi-use recreation facility near Pier 5. The facility is estimated to cost $40 million and represents one of the largest donations ever made to a New York City park.”
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  • Fantastic News. Maybe they’ll build something like the Park Slope Armory with an indoor track, basketball, volleyball and exercise equipment.

  • The more money they have, the more they will cry poverty.
    All that board ever does is whine about how they don’t have enough money even though they have shitloads of money. You would think they were building the Hoover dam and an underground rail link to France rather than a narrow little park.

  • The more money they have, the more they will cry poverty.
    All that board ever does is whine about how they don’t have enough money even though they have shitloads of money. You would think they were building the Hoover dam and an underground rail link to France rather than a narrow little park.

  • Maybe they could hold a bake sale to make enough money to repair the GIANT CRACKS on the empire stores, which are just sitting there moldering away.

  • Maybe they could hold a bake sale to make enough money to repair the GIANT CRACKS on the empire stores, which are just sitting there moldering away.

  • I am just waiting for the Brooklyn Heights NIMBYists to start on this. It will block the view from the Promenade! It will bring people to the park! They’ll walk through our neighborhood! EEK! Indoor bicycling is elitist! ACK! The construction noise! OMG! For once, can’t we rejoice that someone has decided to make a gift of money their family gained on Wall Street and give back to the city. It’s a fabulous thing. And even if some of the benefits are a bit self-serving, isn’t a lot of philanthropy? (I dare say that there are plenty of rich people who have given to opera companies because they like opera. This guy is giving money for an indoor cycling arena because he likes indoor cycling). This could be a remarkable showcase facility unlike anything in NYC. It’s great that it’s happening in Brooklyn.

    • I doubt you will hear complaints like that.
      The complaints I hear is that the money seems to disappear into a black hole and the park is nowhere near finished and the historic buildings in the northern end are crumbling.

    • I doubt you will hear complaints like that.
      The complaints I hear is that the money seems to disappear into a black hole and the park is nowhere near finished and the historic buildings in the northern end are crumbling.

  • Thank you Mr. Rechnitz – NYC city desperately needs recreation facilities!

  • Thank you Mr. Rechnitz – NYC city desperately needs recreation facilities!

  • Anyone ever notice the typoes in those bronze medallions in front of where the pooches are? The best one is where all the streets are shifted over so Henry Street is labelled Clinton Street, Cadman Plaza west, Hicks, etc., similarly mislabelled. Oops. Talk about mistakes being set in bronze.