The Environmental Education Center at the Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo opened last week, along with the park area along the river between Jay Street and Main Street in Dumbo. The Environmental Education Center broke ground in September 2014. The center will provide environmental education programs, community meeting space, and free public restrooms. Around the center includes stone seating, a bouldering wall, a new dog run, and expanded lawn space. (more…)
The plans were unveiled for Brooklyn Bridge Park’s two new condos at Pier 6 last week. There are 14 submissions for review before the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation selects a winner in the fall. Pier 6 buildings will include 30% affordable housing, a pre-K facility, amenities on the ground floor for the park, like public rest rooms, some even include public indoor swimming pools, and a pedestrian bridge over the BQE connecting Columbia Place and the park.
Pier 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park was opened in June 2010. While part of the Empire State Development Corp’s (ESD) overall plan, building condos near Pier 6 has been controvertial. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation has said that they are committed to minimize condo development on the park, but park officials maintain that the Pier 6 development is necessary to fund the park. ESD’s condo plans for Pier 6 development (since 2005) site “is permitted under the Park’s General Project Plan (GPP) for residential development with a maximum height of 315 feet on Parcel A, while Parcel B allows for residential, ground floor retail, and a maximum height of 155 feet.” However, a petition from savepier6.org argues that “parks are for “people and plants,” not skyscrapers and shadows from skyscrapers.”.
Per the Mayor’s Office:
“These are proposals to develop housing alongside Brooklyn Bridge Park near Pier 6 that will generate vital funding to maintain the park in perpetuity. They were submitted to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, which will make a selection in the fall. Consistent with the de Blasio Administration’s goals of maximizing affordable housing, 30% of the housing in the projects will be affordable to working families, with preference given to people from the nearby community, many of whom are being priced out of this corner of Brooklyn.”
DUMBO is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Brooklyn and has a little something for everyone. We’ve selected some of the best business in DUMBO to get you started. Once you’ve checked these off your list, come back to read about some of other top picks to visit after you walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
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For those famous Manhattan skyline views, head straight to the waterfront. The newly developed Brooklyn Bridge Park offers green space with spectacular views. The park is still under construction, but it’s already a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Brooklyn Bridge Park’s amenities include a boathouse, Jane’s Carousel, athletic fields, volleyball courts, playgrounds, and dog runs.
The waterfront restaurant opened in Dumbo in the 70s, long before the neighborhood experienced its renaissance. It quickly became a destination for its romantic setting and phenomenal views of the Lower Manhattan skyline. Its menu is eclectic, with American and international dishes that highlight fresh ingredients. The restaurant is upscale and expensive, but a perfect pick for a special occasion.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse, a 501c3 non-profit has announced their public schedule for the 2015 season, as well their push to recruit new volunteers. The boathouse will open on June 6th at 10AM, and go through Labor Day Weekend. They will be open every Saturday from 10:00AM to 3:00PM and Thursday from 5:30PM to 6:45PM. They’ll be running kayak polo on Sundays at 11AM for kids and 12:30PM for adults. “Keep an eye on Tuesday nights as well, because if we get enough volunteers, we may sneak in an unannounced extra weeknight here and there.”
Last year, the boathouse set a record by putting nearly 6,000 free paddlers on the water and they’re hoping to do even more this season. They will need the community’s help:
We’re actively looking for new volunteers. Our group is 100% volunteer run. We don’t get any money from the city or Parks Department, so we rely on the dozens of volunteers that enable our program to run. It doesn’t necessarily involve any kayaking, but if you wanted to learn, it’s a great way to get experience. We have positions for paddlers and non-paddlers alike. Sign up on our mailing list to find out how to become a volunteer here: bbpboathouse.org/volunteer-with-us
We’re throwing a fundraiser on May 14th at Brooklyn Roasting: eventbrite.com/e/brooklyn-bridge-park-boathouse-annual-fundraising-party-tickets-16488788410. It’s the perfect opportunity to socialize with your fellow kayaking enthusiasts, have a drink or two (on us!), and win some seriously awesome raffle prizes—like access to a class where you can learn to make your own beer. What could be better? That all proceeds from this event will keep our programs running all summer long and are totally tax-deductible for you! If you can’t make it, you can still donate to our cause: bbpboathouse.org/donate. We’re hoping to raise $10,000 this year to keep our programs free to the public.
On Friday Brooklyn Bridge Park officials said that Squibb Park Bridge, which connects Pier 1 with Columbia Heights street in Brooklyn Heights will remain closed until the spring 2015. The bridge is designed to be lightweight and flexible. But “the subtle bounce — part of the design — became more pronounced, then worrisome” wrote the New York Times.
“At this point, because of the movement we notice, it would be overly optimistic to say we could solve this in two to three weeks,” said Regina Myer, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, the nonprofit group that oversees development and operations there.
“We need to fully understand the bridge,” she said, “and we want the public to know that we are really erring on the side of caution.”
The bridge opened in March 2013 but the park’s staff “reported unusual movement of the bridge.” Parks officials assure the public that the bridge’s design was not flawed, saying that whatever was causing the movements would be addressed.
Rendering courtesy of Architecture Research Office
State and City elected officials, community leaders, Brooklyn Bridge Park leaders, and Stalco Construction team members started a $3.6M redevelopment and conversion of a large former NYC DEP structure into the first community and environmental education center in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The officials began construction by demolishing a section of a wall with sledge hammers at the 99 Plymouth Street building.
Located directly beneath the Manhattan Bridge, the new community center will be the first permanent location of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, which provides environmental education programs to over 8,000 of New York City students as well as residents, and visitors. In addition to the environmental education center, the building will also provide restrooms and a community meeting space.
“The project includes demolition of a portion of the main, one-story building previously used by NYCDEP, and two adjacent storage structures,” explained Stalco Project Manager Keith Ward. “Stalco will construct a new glass curtainwall on the west and south elevations, refurbish the original exterior brick walls, build a new storefront-type entrance and additional window and garage door openings, and completely renovate the interiors in order to create offices and community facilities,” he continued.
The building’s exterior will feature a glass and aluminum curtain wall and main entrance, with a portion of the wall constructed of soundproof glass. Stalco will build a new access door, windows, and a garage-type door in the brick wall of the building to provide access to a new compactor room. The upgrades will include a new reflective EPDM roof and all new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems.
Other parts of the Main Street conversion plan include an outdoor community space with stone seating, a bouldering wall, a dog run, and expanded lawn space.