The Floating Pool in the Brooklyn Bridge Park site was cool for swimmers last summer — but this year, the park will make a big splash with art lovers.
Starting on Thursday, a piece of Pier 1 just to the south of the Fulton Ferry Landing will become a temporary open space, the only place where viewers will be able to see all four of the “New York City Waterfalls” in artist Olafur Eliasson’s much-anticipated art project, which starts dripping the same day.
“You can almost touch the water and the Staten Island Ferry from there,” gushed Marianna Koval, director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.
This 26,000-square-foot mini-park will cost $100,000 to build, according to the Daily News.
The park will offer a number of activities, including items will be embedded in the asphalt for scavenger hunts, benches for relaxing, a sand pit, four trees and food from nearby Rice restaurant (you can even BYOB).
It’s the second high-profile interim use on the site of the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Park, a residential, commercial and open space development spanning 1.3 miles along the DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights waterfront. Last year, the Floating Pool drew 72,000 swimmers.
The temporary park will be open from June 26 to Sept. 1, 10 am to 10 pm everyday. The waterfalls are on view from June 26 to Oct. 13. Free shuttle buses will make regular runs back and forth to Borough Hall from 5–10:30 pm weekdays, and noon–10:30 pm on weekends.
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