Piering In

Pier 3, latest addition to Brooklyn Bridge Park, breaks ground

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Rendering of Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 3 (Courtesy Michael van Valkenburgh Associates)
Rendering of Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 3 (Courtesy Michael van Valkenburgh Associates)

Yesterday crews broke ground on Pier 3, the latest addition to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The first section of the 85-acre park, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA), broke ground eight years ago. Since then, the New York–based firm has transformed a disused bulk cargo shipping and storage complex along the East River into a wildly successful park of sloping meadows, basketball courts and playgrounds, a kayak launch, and a marina.

At a groundbreaking ceremony for the $26 million dollar pier, pictured above, attendees included firm principal Michael van Valkenburgh, outgoing Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation president Regina Myer, and local officials. The day marked another important milestone: Brooklyn Bridge Park’s near-completion. As of now, the 1.3-mile-long park is 90 percent under construction or complete.

“Breaking ground on Pier 3 marks a landmark achievement: The final major stage of construction to get underway at Brooklyn Bridge Park,” Myer said, in a statement. “A decade ago, our 85 acres were still a barren stretch of industrial wasteland. Today, 330,000 visitors enjoy our waterfront every week and now they’ll have Pier 3—a beautiful central lawn and a fabulous play space that will transform this five acre concrete platform.”

Map of Brooklyn Bridge Park. (Courtesy Michael van Valkenburgh Associates)

Map of Brooklyn Bridge Park. (Courtesy Michael van Valkenburgh Associates)

The central feature of Pier 3 is its great lawn, ringed with trees and traced with walkways. The other programs—an all-ages “play labyrinth” and an events space—are organized around the main grassy expanse.

Construction on the project is expected to be complete in 2018.

Pier 3 plan. (Courtesy MVVA)

Pier 3 plan. (Courtesy MVVA)

Pier 3 plan with topography. (Courtesy MVVA)

Pier 3 plan with topography. (Courtesy MVVA)

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