Raising the roof at PS 185 - Brooklyn Paper

Raising the roof at PS 185

The rooftop of PS 185 in Bay Ridge before repairs (above) and after (below).
Eric Kuo

The new rooftop playground at PS 185 is a hit!

“Wow, I still can’t believe they built a playground on the roof,” said 12-year-old Dolah Altam. “No one was ever allowed up there before.”

The Walter Kassenbrock School, located at 8601 Ridge Blvd., requested the $1-million renovation about two years ago, but the funding was finally allocated after a nudge by Councilman Vince Gentile (D–Bay Ridge).

Last week, the school invited Gentile for a rooftop playdate.

“Kids were saying how they loved the extra space,” said Gentile. “When I asked why, one kid said, ‘Who doesn’t like playing on the roof?’”

Eric Kuo

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