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Brooklyn Bridge Park’s stairway to heaven is pie in the sky unless park-keepers raise $8-million

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Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 is getting an eye-opening, $29-million addition, but the crowning piece may fall by the wayside if the park’s keepers can’t raise the funds.

Plans for the pricey expansion at the northwestern tip of the pier at the end of Atlantic Avenue include a two-story, triangular platform with stairs rising above the harbor and providing dramatic views, but the $8-million deck is dependent on donations and would be the first thing to go in the case of a budget shortfall, a park spokeswoman said.

“If fund-raising is not successful, an alternative landscape solution will be applied,” Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation spokeswoman Teresa Gonzalez said. “This would include another lawn with shade and trees.”

If the massive patio is built, it will include a shaded area underneath for picnics and community events, according to the agency.

Community Board 2 and the city’s design commission gave the plan the green light last week. The ambitious add-on would also feature a large flower field, a forested area, and a big lawn for events, according to a park spokeswoman, who added that the amenities are meant to be a relaxing counterpoint to the already-built sports facilities on Pier 6 and nearby Pier 5.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at jlutz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 12:27 am, September 18, 2013
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Reasonable discourse

Danielle Arrucchio from Red Hook says:
WGAS? Teresa Gonzalez should be ashamed of herself ! Of all the things people should donate $$$ for and all the things money should be spent on. What a crock of _____.
Sept. 19, 2013, 12:56 am
Joe from Bk says:
This is insane.
Sept. 19, 2013, 3:15 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
They could place something better and cheaper there rather than this boondoggle.
Sept. 19, 2013, 3:19 pm
Joe from Brooklyn Heights says:
29 Million for shade in the park? Wouldn't it be cheaper to put some tres instead?
Sept. 26, 2013, 6:38 pm

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