Recently my fiance and I moved to the border of Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill for the usual reasons one moves from Manhattan to Brooklyn: space, light, more mellow streets- and wait- because Brooklyn is amazing! While acclimating and exploring the area, I have started to learn a bit more about the advantages of the new hood. Now, I know in Manhattan, one is always very close to waterfront. But for some reason out here I feel a draw to it I haven't before. I think I would often forget I was on an island because of the uber-urban speed of downtown. Anyway, most notably, the Brooklyn waterfront is currently being developed to add 14 miles of green space and create a great connector for the western coastline of the neighborhood. My dog-owning friend had mentioned that the southernmost part of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6, had opened their dog run. On Saturday morning, Jack, Rosie (our dog) and I went to check it out. At the very end of Atlantic Avenue, we stepped out onto this clearly new and quite exciting oasis of green and fun and sun. The park's curvilinear paths led us through what can only seem totally thrilling as a child: different playgrounds wrapped together to create a superfun zone of awesomeness. Below is a pretty accurate artist's rendering:
We (or two of us) were impressed by the whimsical design of the children's play areas, which included vignettes called "slide mountain" and "swing valley." They all pulse with a Dr. Seuss silly- hilly- fantasy vibe, and all participants seemed to be having a grand time. I was particularly upset I wasn't 6 years old when passing by the water park part of the development, because I would have given anything to run through those water spouts. We also found the dog park, which is a circular space surrounded by newly planted greenery and was pleasantly quiet on Saturday morning. Rosie was happy.
According to the website, two-thirds of the park will be completed by 2013. In the meantime, we Brooklynites can enjoy the completed pieces, namely Pier 1, Fulton Ferry Park, Pier 6, and Main Street, and look forward to the uniting path. No 28-mile bike rides yet. Phew. Below is an image of the park plan (stolen from the website):
Also, don't forget about the Brooklyn Bridge Park movies starting July 8th with my favorite, Annie Hall. Other 2010 season highlights include Rear Window and the Blues Brothers. Full schedule here. So happy summer! And more fun and urban design to come.