Rendering of Pier 2 at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Photograph: Julienne Schaer
The expansion of Brooklyn Bridge Park continues apace: The green space will gain five acres once Pier 2—located just south of the Squibb Park Bridge—opens to the public in late April. Get the scoop on the five things we’re most excited for in the new parkland!
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A roller rink
Take a spin around this full-size rink, equipped for in-line and leisurely skating, as well as roller-derby matches and roller-hockey games. If your family doesn’t have a pair of quads, no worries: Skate rentals will be available on-site.
Old school games
If your tot's never tried bocce or shuffleboard, now’s her chance to practice these retro favorites. In addition to two covered bocce spaces and three shuffleboard courts, Pier 2 will also feature six handball courts.
Get out of the gym and head outdoors: there'll be 12 different plein-air fitness machines while the kiddos enjoy the new swing-sets nearby.
If your little one aspires to dunk like LeBron, take him to one of the five full-size basketball courts. Two will be covered so he can practice his jumps even in crummy weather.
In the grips of a seemingly never-ending winter, few things sound lovelier than settling in for a family picnic with the Manhattan skyline as your backdrop. That dream will become a reality soon: The pier will feature about 20 picnic tables, as well as a long promenade, where you can while away a few hours once it warms up. (It will happen. It must!)