Saturday, December 8, 2012

$4.9 million for a bridge to down there?


 Rendering of foot bridge at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Rendering of foot bridge at Brooklyn Bridge Park
A new boardwalk in the sky will link Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Promenade  - NY Daily News (Full)

(Excerpts)

It will give residents of Brooklyn Heights — and visitors arriving via the High St. A and C subway station — faster access to the popular waterfront park.


A reporter climbed up on the spans for a test walk; the boards were springy underfoot.
Protective stainless steel mesh screens that will be attached to the sides of the bridge will be just 42 inches high but its designer Ted Zoli doesn’t think there’s a big risk of suicides.
“Jumpers are not drawn to pedestrian bridges,” he said.


There’s a 50-foot drop from Squibb Park to Pier 1. But twists and turns in the 450-foot-long route will make the descent gradual and easy for wheelchair users to handle.
Lack of funding delayed bridge construction until City Council members and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz allocated $4.9 million for it.