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Photo by Emily Nonko

It was supposed to be a mini modern marvel: an innovative zigzagging, bouncing wooden bridge spanning the BQE to connect Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Bridge Park. But less than two years after opening, the Squibb Park Bridge was abruptly closed because of structural instability. And it’s still closed.

Today, Brooklyn Bridge Park revealed that it is now suing the creators of the ultra-bouncy bridge — engineering firm HNTB, who are also building the new Kosciuszko Bridge — for $6 million over what it says is a faulty design. (more…)

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Photo of Bridge Park II by Barbara Eldredge. Rendering of Bridge Park II skate park from the Jehovah’s Witnesses via Brooklyn Eagle

Talk about a quick turnaround. Just three weeks after local pols called for the Jehovah’s Witnesses to make once-promised repairs to Dumbo’s Bridge Park II, the religious organization pledged $5.5 million to overhaul the park.

Or is it a long-delayed turnaround? (more…)

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Photo of Bridge Park II by Barbara Eldredge

Not long ago, you couldn’t be faulted for confusing the asphalt-covered Bridge Park II for an empty parking lot. But last week, a large-scale activity mural began taking shape at the site, and at the nearby Bridge Park 3.

Regardless of the new paint, a controversy over who is responsible for larger fixes at the park has only just begun.

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On left: The local figures calling for a fixed-up park and subway station. On right: Photo of 85 Jay Street via Watchtower

A handful of local figures and politicians — including Steve Levin, Laurie Cumbo, and Letitia James — are calling for the Jehovah’s Witnesses to fulfill promises the group made in 2004 to fix a Dumbo park and subway station.

The politicians sent a letter to Richard Devine, spokesman of the Brooklyn-based religious group, on December 22. You can read the full letter below, but the gist of it closely echoes the call for improvements made by former New York City Council Member David Yassky. (more…)

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Renderings of the USS Monitor Park via the Greenpoint Monitor Museum

In the most recent development of the ExxonMobil pollution payout, remaining settlement money will be allocated to building Brooklyn parks. Separately, the Columbia Street Greenway expansion has also received a recent infusion of cash. (more…)

Fort Greene Park, yoga class at the east end of the park, summer.

Fort Greene Park, yoga class at the east end of the park, summer.

As Brooklyn bundles up in preparation for the winter, a look back at Joel Meyerowitz’s Legacy project reminds us of the greenery that will return, in time.

A native Bronxite and lifelong New Yorker, Meyerowitz has been capturing the city’s essence since 1962. From the still-burning hole of Ground Zero to Manhattan’s surreal street life, the photographer took a new direction with his 2006 book Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks. (more…)

Pier 6 Brooklyn Bridge Park

A mention of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 might bring to mind the controversy surrounding two proposed residential towers. But those buildings — which would add 339 apartments to the area — aren’t actually on the pier itself.

While a playground and three volleyball courts opened at the base of Pier 6 in 2010, the vast majority of the pier’s 4 acres have been closed to the public. Until now. (more…)

Brooklyn Strand Project: Fort Greene Residents Voiced Concerns In Community Workshop

They had to find more chairs. On Monday evening, a group of more than 70 people — architects, city representatives and Brooklyn residents — met at Fort Greene’s Willoughby Senior Center to talk about the future of the neighborhood’s public spaces.

Hosted by Community Board 2 and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the workshop was part of the Brooklyn Strand. The multi-year, multi-part effort is spearheaded by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and WXY Architecture, and seeks to improve public space around the Brooklyn Bridge and BQE from Borough Hall to Commodore Barry Park.

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Anyone passing by the corner of 9th Street and Prospect Park West Saturday night around 11 p.m. would have been amazed to see police shooing hundreds of people out of the park and away from the area.

Turns out a very large group of students and alumni from three Buffalo schools — the University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, and Daemon College — had gathered at Prospect Park for the annual meet-up and informal reunion known as the Ruff Buff BBQ. (more…)

Dumbo Family Fest kicked off the opening of John Street Park and the expansion of Main Street Park in Brooklyn Bridge Park this past Saturday, August 8. 

Hosted by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and sponsored by 1 John Street, festivities included food trucks, bubbles, and music by Hungry March Band. There was also face painting and arts and crafts. (more…)