Sunset sippin’ looks like a go at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Someday, you'll be able to have a waterfront drink in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The Brooklyn Paper

Public boozehounds rejoice — Brooklyn Bridge Park will have an outdoor wine bar and plaza if everything goes according to plan, development officials revealed on Monday night.

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, which will oversee the “park” until the new agreement for the city’s takeover of the waterfront development is completely hashed out, has already sought proposals for Pier 1’s concessions, and plans to do the same for Pier 6 in the coming weeks.

City and park officials told Community Board 2’s Parks and Recreation Committee that they’ll seek two stands and a restaurant at Pier 6 at the end of Atlantic Avenue, and four concessions at Pier 1 at the foot of Old Fulton Street — including an elevated wine bar for skyline-side sippin’.

“We’re looking for concessions that cater to everyone — and one of the biggest questions we got during the design phase was, ‘Where can I drink publicly in your park?’” said David Lowin, a vice president with the corporation. “Of course, it would be cordoned off so that drinking only takes place in one spot.”

That spot is a plaza is an area at the foot of Old Fulton Street that is bordered by trees, the waterfront and Brooklyn Bridge. If the proposals go through as expected, the plaza will have two basic concession stands — possibly offering hot dogs and snacks — and a space at the gatehouse for more food.

Pier 6 — which, like Pier 1, is scheduled to open this spring — would sport two more cart-like concession stands and a restaurant that holds about 60 diners in a building with rooftop access, officials said.

“But it’s not going to be another River Café,” Lowin said. “That’s not the price range we’re looking for.”

The concessions would open by July, and the responses are due April 1. That’s assuming that all goes well with the city’s takeover of the $350-million venture, a long-delayed 1.7-mile strip of green from John Street in DUMBO to Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill.

Reader Feedback

Jaclyn Powell from Marine Park says:
What a wonderful idea to have a wine bar there! I look forward to it!
March 16, 2010, 1:43 pm
Joe Mama from 1 BBP says:
very old news
March 16, 2010, 2:28 pm
Joey Bots from Food City says:
What about us Whiskey Lovers?
March 16, 2010, 4:50 pm
Fred G. Sanford from Watts, Cal. says:
There better be selling Ripple, you big dummy!
March 16, 2010, 5:53 pm
Rose K from DUMBO says:
Unless the city plans on keeping noise, drunken tourists, drunken locals, and GARBAGE in check - this is a BAD idea. When Pier 1 went up two summers ago, there was a constant MOUNTAIN of garbage at the foot of Old Fulton Street daily and there was a stinky street meat vendor permitted whose carcinogenic smoke could be smelled all the way up the street. Adding food and wine is a disservice to those who live in the neighborhood. Not to mention the constant stream of tour buses... This park will be nothing less than the disgusting South Street Seaport.
March 17, 2010, 11:21 am
Matt from FTG says:
Ut oh..Carinogenic smoke from a vendor? Better call the PD. Cant wait for halal guys at lunch.
March 18, 2010, 10:02 am
Lou from Brooklyn Heights says:
There was that great beer stand with food during the brief sample park when it was open. It was never filthy and I've been told it was run by the people who own Rice in Dumbo. That could be wrong. They should have this option as soon as possible IMHO. It's not like it's going to be a crazy saloon or dive bar. I don't think the Montero's crowd is going to be stumbling over to get loud in the park.

HURRY IT UP, PARK!
March 22, 2010, 5:30 pm

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