Brooklyn Bridge Park: Now with more park! • Brooklyn Paper

Brooklyn Bridge Park: Now with more park!

Pier-less: Piers 3 and 4 of Brooklyn Bridge Park partially opened over the weekend.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Brooklyn Bridge Park has moved on up with the addition of elevated acreage that opened on Saturday.

The so-called “uplands” add four and a half football fields of grassy knolls to the stretch of park nearest to the harbor, below the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, on piers 3 and 4, and are the first pieces of those piers to open. The weekend also marked the opening of a bike and footpath that runs between Furman Street and the water, connecting all the piers in that section of the green space.

The addition also includes a granite terrace and a hill that is supposed to keep the peace in the park by blocking sound from the nearby Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

Visitors can enter the park addition at Pier 5 or Pier 1, past Pier 2’s pop-up pool, which is closed for the winter.

The uplands on Pier 3 and Pier 4 are the second of two new areas of the park to open this year. Pier 2 of the park, which will include several sports courts, will open in early 2014, according to the Brooklyn Bridge Park corporation.

“Opening the Piers 3 and 4 uplands means even more people will have more access to more of Brooklyn Bridge Park and our waterfront,” said State Sen. Daniel Squadron in a written statement. “That’s great news for all of us who’ve been fighting to expand this extraordinary park with year-round recreation and real community access.”

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at jlutz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Waiting game: Kids and parents eagerly awaited the opening of the Pier 3 and 4 uplands in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Nov. 16.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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