Brooklyn’s got a brand new bridge

The weather was so gorgeous on the autumnal equinox [9.22.13] that it was the perfect time for me to take a long walk into the ever-evolving borough of Brooklyn. I strolled over the Brooklyn Bridge and into Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP).

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BBP, which opened in March of 2010, is an 85‐acre sustainable waterfront park stretching over a mile along Brooklyn’s East River shoreline. It’s a recreational, environmental and cultural destination – a beautiful area with spectacular views of the bridge, the harbor and lower Manhattan.

This past March, the wonderful Squibb Bridge opened. This bridge connects pedestrians in the center of the park to the upper Promenade and to public transportation. From the other direction, Squibb gives the Brooklyn Heights community and its visitors a dramatic approach down into Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Squibb Bridge is made of sustainable Black Locust timber and designed with trail bridge technology. It’s a lightweight and flexible suspension, like the trail bridges in our state and national parks. So, if you notice the bridge swaying a bit, and there’s more of a bounce in your step – not to worry – it’s supposed to do that. The bridge is a great addition to the expanding BBP project.

With all of the other fantastic places to walk in New York City, add Brooklyn Bridge Park to your must-do list. I can’t wait to enjoy the Park’s future developments.

Bridging the gap

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Images: Pier 1 map and BBP logo © Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation. The Borough of Brooklyn seal retrieved from Wikipedia under the fair use rationale. Photos: © 2013 Janet Giampietro

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