Big prize for Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Forget his multi-million-dollar fee — starchitect Michael Van Valkenburgh just won a $2,500 prize for designing Brooklyn Bridge Park!

Van Valkenburgh will earn almost $20 million for the design of the $350-million super park, but the icing on the cake was winning the prestigious Brendan Gill Prize from the Municipal Art Society on Monday.

It comes with an honorarium of $2,500.

“Michael’s dynamic design for Brooklyn Bridge Park has succeeded in reconnecting thousands of city dwellers and visitors to the majesty of New York’s harbor,” said Society President Vin Cipolla. “We are so pleased to award the Gill Prize to [him].”

But Van Valkenburgh’s road to the prize wasn’t without its potholes.

Park-goers scoffed at the architect’s design of the playground on Pier 1 last year because its unusable metal domes got so hot in the summer weather that they scalded the children.

That said, much of the architect’s work has been well received nationally and locally. Several of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s attractions are gaining esteem, such as the mega-playground and sand pit at Pier 6, and the massive granite stoop, lawns and estuary in Pier 1.

Updated 5:23 pm, July 9, 2018
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Gary from Carroll Gardens says:
It is an excellent design and beautifully executed thus far. The freshwater retention features are so well done that we've already attracted a muskrat.

I may be opposed to housing people in the park, but I was delighted to see that muskrat take up residence.
Feb. 3, 2011, 10:02 am
Eleanor from Cobble hill says:
It's a mind blowing park and a gorgeous place to go for a stroll in the early morning light. There are now 6 muskrats in residence and hawks circling, hoping for muskrat lunch. It's curious that you focus on the parks fees. I'm no expert, but I believe the fees represent many years of work and out of the fees, numerous subcontractors and employees are paid. In the architecture marketplace this fee represents a small percentage of the overall budget for the park. Rather than complaining about a fee why don't you try to enjoy the best thing to happen to this neighborhood in many, many years.
Feb. 3, 2011, 9:33 pm
da editah says:
"Van Valkenburgh['s firm] will earn almost $20 million for the design of the $350-million super park"

Kind of a big distinction, although he did make enough to buy a place in Brooklyn Heights so he couldn't have done too bad personally.
Feb. 4, 2011, 4:59 pm
Nina from Cobble Hill says:
The views are great but paying a guy $22 million for landscapping design? Not one thing to do there but gaze at the beautiful harbor - the one reason to go that he had nothing to do with! Don't we have a parks dept that designs great parks...that are full of people year round? Last time I was there I saw one person in this "park" - on a Sunday on a rare winter 60 degree day. This is the biggest rip off of the century and Van V is laughing all the way to his new Brooklyn Heights condo.
March 1, 2011, 9:10 pm

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