Brooklyn Banks Closing – Update

Skate the Banks! There’s still time.

May 15th Barriers Go up – During a 4-6 month period beginning in mid-2010, the entire area will be closed due to overhead paint work. DOT expects to re-instate partial access after this work is completed.

“The Banks are still open?! ”
“Yeah I was there last weekend.”
“No way!”

Speak up for what you believe in.

Thanks to the active support of the community, the DOT has been respectfully leaving the park – as open as safely possible – as they begin the restoration of the Brooklyn Bridge. – But it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen very soon.

The Brooklyn Banks is a unique public space that truly reflects the spirit of New York City.

"Architectural structures reveal a great deal about their social context, not simply by their intended use, but by the spontaneous and evolving communal activity that is discovered in rivalry, camaraderie, the spirit of play and the human pursuit of something epic." – How to Save the Brooklyn Banks

Important Notice from the Department of Transportation

The concrete barriers go up May 15th!

The New York City Department of Transportation is performing rehabilitation and painting of the Brooklyn Bridge. Work commenced in January of 2010 and will continue until 2014. In order to facilitate the
reconstruction and painting work, the contractor will begin to mobilize in the area known as the Red Brick
Park and the Brooklyn Banks, between Pearl Street and Park Row on the north side of the Manhattan
approach of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The contractor installed protective guards around the trees at the end of March, and expects to place a concrete barrier along the perimeter of the shaded section on or around May 15th. Fencing will be installed after the concrete barriers are in place. Setting up this staging area is expected to continue until approximately May 30th. DOT is continuing to work with the communities using this area, to maintain as much access as can be safely accommodated, including the potential relocation of skate areas into areas outside of the staging area. During a 4-6 month period beginning in mid-2010, the entire area will be closed due to overhead paint work. DOT expects to re-instate partial access after this work is completed.

“The contemplated work, when constructed in accordance with my design, will not only be the greatest bridge in existence, but it will be the great engineering work of the Continent and of the age.”

– Report to the New York Bridge Company September 1, 1867 – Plan and Details of Anchorage, Approaches, Towers, and Steel Cables.

 

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