It has come to the attention of many in Brooklyn that the grand entrance of the soon-to-open Pier 1 portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park is nothing more than a dead-end strip of asphalt leading to a path. A touching metaphor about persevering once the easy road ends? Nah, to most it's just an ugly letdown. The Brooklyn Paper reports that the recently released rendering from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation has many critics arguing the park should have a "monumental element that would honor the harbor or the bridge that gives the park its name." Or, as one resident put it, GEORGE WASHINGTON IS CRYING:
At this spot, at the end of Old Fulton Street, is where George Washington saved our army and fled from the British on boats to Manhattan. But this design looks like a driveway to any old corporate park in any old suburb in any old city in the United States.
Slated for a winter opening, the lawns of the six-acre Pier 1 section of the park are sure as heck coming along. There will also be a waterfront promenade, playground and the mysterious "Granite Prospect." Another photo!