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Sand, The Hidden Menace, Torments FiDi, Columbia Street!

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It's that time of year, the time when people's thoughts are put off the rails by the unholy specter of... sand. Reader email number one: "We were promised a a park and improvements on South and Pike/Allen Streets by the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan. In the existing park, with beautiful views of NY Harbour, instead, the Department of Sanitation built an Unsightly Salt and Chemical Storage Building, BLOCKING the views, and a parking lot for themselves. This, on the south end of an EXISTING park and playground." And lo, when we dispatched our photographer to the scene (above), turns out our tipster's correct: a shed of sand stands sentinel. Which we guess makes sense—hey, it is winter. Anyone know the plans for this spot once the icy chills have departed? Will the promised land park be expanded?

Reader email number two included the beautiful photograph above, and this note: "Just wondering if you know what's up with all the sand being dumped on the Pier in Cobble Hill/Red Hook/Columbia St neighborhood? Its been non-stop for days." A set of follow-up exchanges with our tipster produced this:

"We are pretty sure its sand.... loads and loads of it. I believe they need to cover road salt... I could be wrong because that was our first thought but after watching it for a few days, we are pretty sure its sand and the trucks are now driving on top of it as you can see from the picture. It appears they intend to fill the concrete block perimeter you can see on the pic, that is ALOT of sand. I can't quite figure out where the sand is coming from. At first I thought it was from one of the ships, but I have since abandoned that thought. We thought maybe you would know."

To its credit, Columbia Street neighborhood blog The Word on Columbia Street has been tracking this story for several days now, and though they haven't yet tracked down the cause of this menace, it's agreed on this point: that's a big-ass pile of sand.
· Worrisome Pile of Unidentified Compound Grows on Columbia Street [TWoCS]