Mr. J. tries the fare at Governor, the latest dining venue by the folks who brought us Colonie and Gran Electrica. The food at Governor, located at 15 Main Street in DUMBO, elicited a new adjective, SOOO-perb! Afterwards, Mr. J. took the short walk to Pier 1 to catch the opening of this summer’s SyFy Movies With a View series, E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial). Video after the jump.
Yesterday morning I took my usual walk along the Promenade and down Squibb Hill to Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, where I joined the group assembling for the bird tour. Our guide was Carolyn (at left, in green top, in the photo) who began by regretting how hot it was and noting that this meant birds would be harder to find than usual. Nevertheless, our little expedition enjoyed some success. More photos and text after the jump.
We didn’t have to go far before encountering some birds of several kinds, including barn swallows, mockingbirds, a rock pigeon (not as common as before, Carolyn noted, because of the increase in the population of hawks and peregrine falcons in the city) and two different kinds of sparrows. Unfortunately for me and my little point-’n’-shoot camera, by the time I could aim and shoot they were gone.
There was a catbird in here a moment ago, I swear!
Our luck improved as we got near the water.
Here’s a mother mallard and two youngsters paddling past the pilings. Carolyn said the males leave in spring after the ducklings hatch. (No doubt they repair to a place where they can smoke cigars, drink beer, and watch the Stanley Cup playoffs.)
We also saw this gull perched on a piling as kayaks passed.
Another gull was soaring overhead.
A house sparrow glides to a landing.
Here he displays his black breast, marking him as male. House sparrows are an invasive species, brought here for sentimental reasons and because they have a prodigious appetite for insects. The story of how they were brought to New York and of their subsequent conquest of North America is told on a sign at the northwest corner of Hillside Park.
After the tour, Carolyn showed her feather collection.
All in all, not as productive of good photos as the tour I took last year, but very informative, thanks to Carolyn’s considerable knowledge.
This morning, I took an early walk down to Pier 1 and saw lots of birds, including this mockingbird pair perched on a park bench.
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As anticipated, Mayor Bloomberg’s office announced today that the proposal for a hotel and residential complex on the space between Furman Street and Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park submitted by Starwood Capital Group and Toll Brothers has been selected. The image (thanks to Curbed) shows how the buildings will look from the Promenade. As you can see, they will partially obstruct the view of the Brooklyn Bridge and largely obscure the view of Pier 1.
According to the Curbed article linked above, the hotel will have 200 rooms and the residential portion will have 159 units. The article also quotes from the Mayor’s press release:
The proposed building plan will feature nearly 16,000 square feet of restaurant space, 16,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space, 2,000 square feet of retail space, a 6,000-square-foot spa and fitness center and 300 parking spaces. It also includes park restrooms as well as maintenance space for park operations.
The hotel will be named Hotel 1.
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On Thursday evening your correspondent donned rain-ready togs before heading down to Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Sunset Bhangra party, but the weather proved benign, as the rain that threatened stayed just to our north. People kept coming in droves; fortunately, food and drink were plentiful, and good. Video, more text and photos after the jump.
Looking down from the entry at 6:15 p.m., I could see a good sized crowd beginning to assemble.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation President Regina Myer.
Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Brooklyn Heights Association President Jane McGroarty.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Executive director Nancy Webster.
In the video above, party guests cut loose learning to dance the bhangra way. It was a Bollywood climax to a delightful party.
Love the Park? Consider becoming a charter member of the Conservancy. Details are here.
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Mr. J., with cam on the Promenade, catches the Enterprise riding a barge on its trip into the Hudson and to its new permanent home at the Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum on Manhattan’s West Side. Heading up the Promenade, he takes a gander at the new swimming pool under construction near Pier 2. Knowing Karl’s love of Brooklyn Bridge Park, we’re not surprised that he then went down to Pier 1 for a break at the Wine Bar. See video after the jump.
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The time has arrived to get your oars on at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Every Saturday from June 9 through September 1, kayaking and community rowing is available at the Boathouse at Pier 1. The time: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Last sign-up is an hour before closing time. For more info, see here.
In other BBP news, the non-profit NYC Fieldhouse that is underwriting the design and construction of the year round, multi-purpose rec and cycling facility on Furman Street near Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, announces three upcoming community forums to discuss the project and hear feedback on its programming and design. Fieldhouse staff with the facility¹s architect and reps of Brooklyn Bridge Park will be present.
The first forum takes place June 18 at the Long Island College Hospital, 339 Hicks Street in Cobble Hill, 6:30-8:15 p.m. On June 20, a Red Hook forum will assemble at the South Brooklyn Community High School, 173 Conover Street, 6:30-8:15 p.m.; followed a June 25 forum in Brooklyn Heights/Downtown Brooklyn at the Callahan Center at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, 6:30-8:15 p.m. A fourth forum will be scheduled in DUMBO at a later date.
No RSVP is required, although members of the community are requested to email
NYCFieldhouse@gmail.com with the forum location they wish to attend.
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The final two performances of Theater 2020′s innovative, family friendly production of Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors will take place this coming Saturday and Sunday, June 9th and 10th, both starting at 7:00 p.m., at Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Admission is free.
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It was a perfect weekend day, and Karl has the best of what Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the Fulton Ferry Historic District had to offer: The P.S. 8 Paddlewheeler Festival! The secrets of compost tea! Gran Electrica’s backyard garden! Red admiral butterflies! See it all on his video after the jump.
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Red and white kites soared over Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park today for the World Science Festival–Science on Site. More photos and text after the jump.
A diver, pursued by a tiny shark, hovered over the river lawn.
Although the Festival had just begun, the Discovery Lab was busy.
Anyone for a cuppa?
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Tomorrow evening (Friday, June 1) the Brooklyn Film Festival starts at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema with screenings of Brooklyn Castle (8:00 p.m., Cinema 2, sold out) and Rose (photo) (8:30 p.m., Cinema 1, tickets available through the Festival website linked above). The Festival continues through the weekend, the following week and weekend, finishing on Sunday, June 10. A complete schedule is on the linked Festival website.
Several events will be taking place at Brooklyn Bridge Park this weekend. The World Science Festival–Science on Site will be on Pier 1 Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Also on Saturday, professional and amateur astronomers will be on Pier 1 for a stargazing party from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. On Sunday afternoon, from 3:00 to 5:30, Walt Whitman fans should gather at the Granite Prospect on Pier 1 for a marathon reading of the Brooklyn Bard’s “Song of Myself”.
On Saturday afternoon, starting at 3:00 p.m., gather at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street (corner of Clinton) for a walking tour, “Hiding in Plain Sight: A Walk Down Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights”. Tickets ($8; $5 for BHS members) may be purchased, and there are more details, here.
Don’t forget the final two performances of Theater 2020′s production of Shakepeare’s A Comedy of Errors: Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., at the Cranberry Street Theater Space, Assumption Church, 55 Cranberry Street.