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The Great Outdoors

In 1989, the Ridgewood Reservoir, a 55-acre site that served Brooklyn from 1858 to 1959 was drained. Since then, nature has taken over, creating natural wetlands, a large pond, and a wooded area that's home to 127 different bird species. The Parks Department recently unveiled plans to reclaim some of the area as a park, creating playing fields and public access areas, but there's no funding to make it happen?which is both good and bad. "The bad news is there's no funding stream - but it's also [...] good news because that means the city won't destroy the place." [Q'Stoner]