Fort Greene’s Long-Delayed BAM Park Is Finally Open


This time it’s official.

After a series of starts and stops, including one “opening” that turned out to be an accident by a Spike Lee film crew, BAM Park has finally revealed itself in Fort Greene.

The fencing is down around the 14,000-square-foot triangular park bordered by Fulton Street, Lafayette Avenue and St. Felix Street. Construction is completed, and this morning people were already comfortably lounging on the various benches.

No announcement of the park’s opening has been made.

The park, which sits atop the Fulton Street G train stop, was built on land owned by the city’s Department of Housing and Preservation. It opened in 1985. In recent years, the park’s underlying structure was crumbling, making the park dangerous to walk in, and it closed in 2005. The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and landscape architect Quennell Rothschild & Partners spearheaded the revamp.

Renovation work began, after a long delay, at the end of 2018, the city announced at the time.

In June 2018, the park was cleaned up for a scene in “She’s Gotta Have It,” the Netflix television series produced by Spike Lee and based on his 1986 film of the same name. After shooting, the gate was mistakenly left open, which led residents to start using the park before it was shut down once again.

[Photos by Craig Hubert]

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