The ongoing reclamation of Brooklyn's industrial waterfront has found a poster child in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The 85 acre park grows from an effort that began in earnest in 2002 that has, to date, seen through the recreation of four of the park's six piers, with Pier 6 set to debut this summer. While the rest of the park's piers are chock-full of activity space, Pier 6 will offer visitors a place to kick back and take in the park's prime lower Manhattan views. Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation's Vice President of Capital Projects, Pat Kirshner, is excited about the final piececontroversial housing developments withstandingand took first visitors onto the pier during a Jane's Walk with the Municipal Art Society.
[Looking down Pier 6 from its uplands, which opened in 2010.]
The main focus of Pier 6 will be its vegetation. The pier will have an acre-large flower bed planted with perennials that will open in succession throughout the year, meaning that something will almost always be blooming (except for this year, as the plant bed matures). The flower bed will be surrounded by paths, islands of mature trees, and plenty (at least a lot) of seating. Also planned for Pier 6 is Bjarke Ingels's unfunded $8 million
viewing platform Tostito, although Kirshner says her team isn't holding their collective breath for it to materialize.
Due to open to the public as early as June, Pier 6 will offer respite for Brooklyn Bridge Park's increasing throngs of tourists, amblers, and Smorgasburg snackers.
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