New features for NYC kids and families at Brooklyn Bridge Park and Hudson River Park
Two popular green spaces get new summer additions.
Wed May 11 2011
Empire--Fulton Ferry Park and Jane's Carousel
The latest wow-factor addition to the ever-expanding Brooklyn Bridge Park is the completely redone Empire--Fulton Ferry section, at the foot of the bridge. It's been regraded and replanted, and with new bike racks, picnic tables, benches and railings, it's poised to become Dumbo's new hot spot when it opens this summer.
Its coup de grce is Jane's Carousel, the much buzzed-about 1922 relic that took more than two decades for resident Jane Walentas and her husband, David, to restore. When it finally moves into its new home, a Jean Nouvel--designed glass structure that's under construction at press time, kids can once again ride its brightly colored, Philadelphia-made horses—this time, though, all year-round.
Hudson River Park's Pier 25
After being closed for four-plus years, every last piece of Hudson River Park's stunning Pier 25 is falling into place. And it was clearly worth the wait: Besides the top-notch playground—with a huge climbing structure for bigger kids, plus jungle gyms, a rock-climbing wall, soft flooring, a sandbox and two swing areas—a brand-new miniature golf course ($5, kids 11 and under $4 per game) is now open too. The accompanying snack bar will launch by the end of June (expect eats like burgers and fries, chicken sandwiches, salads and veggie kebabs).
A skate park for tweens and teens, all-new beach volleyball courts, and tennis and basketball courts, all free, are sure to make the pier Hudson River Park's most family-friendly effort to date.