Brooklyn Bridge Park Opens

With yesterday’s long-delayed opening of Pier 1, the 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park is now approximately seven percent complete! OK, so there’s still a long way to go until New York’s third great urban landscape is whole–but, if this first section is any indication, it will be worth the wait. Pier 1 includes waterfront promenades, large lawns, a playground, and the “Granite Prospect,” an impressive riverside staircase made out of more than 300 pieces of salvaged granite.

If you can’t make it to Pier 1 in person–or if you want to wait for New York’s current dreary weather to pass by–the following video provides a good preview of the park-in-progress (set to a jazzy, Twin Peaks-style soundtrack no less.)

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Related: Read Andrew Blum’s 2006 story on Michael Van Valkenburgh’s design for Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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