Parks in the News: Brooklyn Bridge Park, McCarren Park Pool, New York City Waterfalls(Okay, not a Park …)

A small segment completed at Brooklyn Bridge Park

A small segment completed at Brooklyn Bridge Park

*The “arborcidal” (tree-killing) New York City Waterfalls Public Art hours are being cut in half to preserve the Brooklyn trees (which are not responding well to its salt water mist). Not exactly scientific but … it’s something. (See previous post on this.)

*Last concert (Sonic Youth) at McCarren Park Pool in Greenpoint, Brooklyn performed on Saturday (8/30) before the space reverts back to an actual pool, ending its recent incarnation as a popular concert venue. Pending Landmarks Preservation Commission approval, pool reconstruction scheduled to be completed in 2011. (Long time that seems?) Sunday’s (8/31) New York Times has the story.

*Brooklyn Bridge Park: Recently it was announced that BBP’s completion is behind schedule at least five years. Community activists are (again) pushing for “housing-free” Park. Presently, 1400 units of “luxury housing” are in New York State’s plans for the park. The Brooklyn Paper reports: “In the decades since community activists and local officials started planning Brooklyn Bridge Park, the proposal has changed from a sprawling public greenspace that would be part of the city’s regular park system to a state-built and-operated development whose open-space component would be maintained through fees charged to residents of luxury condos within the park’s footprint.”