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134 years ago, the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge transformed the Brooklyn waterfront, not to mention the entire borough, by providing direct access into Kings County from Lower Manhattan. The opening only boosted Brooklyn’s burgeoning waterfront, which became a bustling shipping hub for the New York Dock Company by the early 1900s. Business boomed for several decades until changes in the industry pushed the shipping industry from Brooklyn to New Jersey. And after the late 1950s, when many of the warehouses were demolished to make way for construction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the waterfront fell into severe decline.

New Yorkers today are living through a new kind of Brooklyn waterfront boom, heralded by the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Ideas to transform the abandoned, run-down waterfront into a park seemed like a pipe dream when the idea was floated in the 1980s, but years of dedication by the local community and politicians turned the vision into reality. Today, the park is considered one of the best in the city.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park is the last place we’d expect to find a menacing art installation summoning feelings of nothingness. But come May, Anish Kapoor will bring his acclaimed installation “Descension” to one of the park’s busiest stretches, Pier 1. As described by The NY Public Art Fund (the project’s curator), Descension is a 26-foot diameter whirlpool that funnels pitch-black, naturally dyed water below ground, inviting visitors to carefully peer into its swirling abyss.

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Brooklyn Heights, Green Design, Urban Design

You won’t need to see more than a few renderings and photos of new park space slated for Brooklyn Bridge Park to feel ready for summertime. First posted by Curbed from the park’s landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, renderings show the final design for one of the last undeveloped sections of the park between Montague and Joralemon streets. Known as the Pier 5 uplands, the hilly green space will be comprised of a stepped lawn, shaded grove, waterfront seating and new entrance off Joralemon Street. A sound-dampening berm will reduce noise from the nearby roadways. And it’s all on track to wrap construction right before summer.

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In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers!

The amazing experience that is Summer Streets has returned- walk car-free and carefree each Saturday along Park Avenue for the next three weeks. Grab a blanket to catch American Graffiti with a view at Brooklyn Bridge Park, or take in some literary genius outdoors at a community garden in Alphabet City. Get weird on Governors Island for a Klezmer workout, then celebrate the book release of Governors Island’s famous FIGMENT Festival with its founder. Head upstate to check out artwork made from VHS tapes or to Brooklyn to witness the artwork of Naomi Campbell (no, not that one). Finally, spend every night in August experiencing Jherek Bischoff’s Cistern in Times Square.

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In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers!

Another week of art fairs is upon us, with Frieze New York taking the lead (and the advantage of warmer weather). Spend the weekend hopping between Frieze, NADA, CONTEXT, Art New York and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fairs, and their many, many affiliated events. If the whole ordeal is just too much for you, no worries. Marina Abramovic’s former lover and partner ULAY will perform in New York for the first time since 1986, Martin Creed’s giant neon sculpture will illuminate Brooklyn Bridge Park for the Public Art Fund, and Duke Riley will entice Creative Time fans with a flock of LED equipped pigeons that will fly over the East River in a special performance.

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Photo via Etienne Frossard, © Deborah Kass, courtesy Two Trees Management Co.

In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers!

Be the first to take a pic of the giant new “YO” (or is it OY?) sculpture in Brooklyn Bridge Park which was installed this week. Take in an artist talk with Awol Erizku, who challenges the traditional idea of the male gaze, Fiona Banner as she talks language with the Public Art Fund, or head to the Fashion Institute of Technology for a panel discussion on art in the age of surveillance. Fernando Do Campo unveils a new site-specific installation in Chelsea, Kim Keever’s abstract underwater pigment swirls enliven Waterhouse and Dodd, and Paul Booth revamps his goth gallery, reopening this week. After it’s all said and done, chow down on hot dogs and beer at Paul Pretzer’s studio while getting a sneak peak of his January solo show.

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Brooklyn Heights, Urban Design

Most of the conversation about Brooklyn Bridge Park has been centered around the residential Pierhouse and the controversy surrounding its height, but right next door, an entirely different part of the urban development is taking shape. The Wall Street Journal reports that construction on the eight-acre $28 million marina between Piers 4 and 5 has commenced, with an opening planned for next spring. Officially called One° 15 Brooklyn Marina, its sailing club already has 145 pre-registered members.

In addition to the fact that it will bring 140 slips to Brooklyn Heights, the project is most notable for its unconventional construction. Normally to build a marina, dock builders drill piles into the waterbed to support the docks, but at this site the R subway line is directly below. “The solution was to sink 160 giant concrete blocks, weighing 10 tons each, to the bottom of the East River,” says the Journal. Then, “a large, elastic bungee cord-like mooring system called Seaflex will be used to connect the dock on the water’s surface to the concrete block below.”

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In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top end of week picks for 6sqft readers!

For those of you who don’t have plans to jet set abroad this last weekend before August, there are still plenty of cultural treats to quench your thirst. The famed Slideluck Potshow is taking to the high seas, bringing their well-loved evening of art projections on board the Lilac. Faux-minimalist takes over an unlikely venue—a high-end cleaner—while seminal White Columns Gallery celebrates their summer party. Damien Hirst’s Soho mecca heads to the Hamptons, and the Gowanus Ballroom brings us a bevy of talented artists plus the guy who jumps around in his underwear in Union Square. Kids and adults alike can celebrate family day at the awesome Jeppe Hein exhibition now showing at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, or they can head to the Bell House to hear their favorite talk radio personalities. Finally, cap it all off at the last day of the New York Musical Theater Festival.

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Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings, Interiors

155 Henry Street, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the promenade, courthouse garden views

Here’s a simple and adorable one-bedroom pad at 155 Henry Street in highly sought-after Brooklyn Heights. You’ll surely find it’s $585,000 price tag appealing, but inside, original details, lovely light, and great views await to win you over even more.

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Cobble Hill, Cool Listings, Interiors

135 Pacific Street, Brooklyn Bridge Park, patio and backyard, apple tree

Want to live in the city without giving up your greenery? This $1.45 million two-bedroom garden apartment in Cobble Hill might be the perfect solution. It offers 1,020 square feet of space in a 25-foot-wide brownstone co-op, with a beautifully manicured backyard and a gorgeous patio. We’re talking enough green space to entertain you, friends and family, Fido, and your weedwhacker. Now that sounds promising.

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Architecture, condos, DUMBO, New Developments

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Rendering via ODA

We’ve been seeing a lot of innovative work from ODA Architecture lately–from their Bushwick rental project that looks uncannily similar to a project by Bjarke Ingels in Denmark to their provocative ziggurat-like proposal for Gowanus. And last week, their design for the northern façade of 10 Jay Street in Dumbo won approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The site was formerly a sugar refinery, which inspired ODA’s crystal-like design, and the warehouse will be turned into condos with ground-floor retail. We’ve now uncovered a fly-through video of the building, which shows the façade from every angle.

The video description says: “When there is no wall to preserve and no façade to restore, contemporary architecture can tell a story about a sequence of historical events. The architect is a visual biographer writing a tale of one building from 1897 to 2015 arguably doing more for preservation than imitating reality.”

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Real Estate Wire

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  • Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp. defends Pier 6 development with need for potential revenue. [Crain’s]
  • Actor Mark Ruffalo joins the fight against the NYU expansion plan. [NY Post]
  • Coney Island’s boardwalk is experiencing a renaissance, but what about the surrounding neighborhoods? [WSJ]
  • City Council approves the controversial Astoria Cove project. [NYO]
  • Upper East Side residents who oppose the waste transfer station release an attack ad. [TRD]

Images: Pier 6 (L); Coney Island (R)

Architecture, Brooklyn Heights, Policy, Urban Design

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Rendering of the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront via Brooklyn Bridge Park

Critics of the two new residential towers planned for Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park have made complaints that the structures’ environmental impact needed further analysis, but a new study, completed by environmental engineering firm AKRF and set to be released today by the city-controlled Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation asserts that the towers’ environmental impact will be insignificant.

In a statement, Brooklyn Bridge Park said: “After evaluating the potential impacts on 19 distinct environmental categories—including schools, flood resiliency, traffic and open space—and incorporating any relevant updated changes to the project, the environmental regulations and background conditions, the technical memorandum concludes that the Pier 6 uplands project would not have any additional significant impacts.”

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  • It’s cheaper to buy than rent in a number of US cities. [Business Insider]
  • Forest City is suing Skanska over the Pacific Park (formerly the Atlantic Yards) B2 modular tower. Skanska issued a Stop Work Order last week over cost overruns, and Forest City is now countering with a lawsuit saying Skanska agreed to a “fixed price” and any issues are due to the builder’s own “failures and missteps”. [Curbed]
  • The New York Times Editorial Board is in favor of cutting deals with private developers if it means bringing more affordable housing stock to NYC. [NYT]
  • The New York City Department of Transportation breaks ground on the second phase of Fordham Plaza’s reconstruction in the Bronx. Grimshaw is the architect behind the design. [Architect’s Newspaper]
  • Op-ed: Brooklyn Bridge Park can be maintained without building any of these 14 new high-rises on the park. The park is poised to come into as much as $200M when tax breaks expire starting 2018. [NYDN]
  • Developer Aby Rosen Instagramed an image of what the interiors of the Norman Foster-designed 610 Lexington Avenue will look like. [Curbed]

Images: B2 (left). Image by Field of Schemes; Manhattan aerial (right). Image Wiki Commons

Real Estate Wire

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  • 14 new proposals were unveiled for Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park yesterday, and despite local outrage over the development’s inclusion of affordable housing, the project will move ahead. [Curbed]
  • 5Pointz site owners Jerry Wolkoff and his son David have released images of the space they’ve reserved for graffiti art. But will artists abide to the limitations? [NYDN]
  • Architect Gene Kaufman has designed a black “boutique stylist hotel” temporarily called ‘Prime Hotel’ for 17 West 24th Street. [CO]
  • A Goldman Sach’s investment banking chief sells off his Park Avenue pad for $17.45M [NYO]
  • Greenland, of Greenland Forest City Ratner, plans to invest as much as $8 billion in new projects overseas this year, and it’s eyeing large projects in U.S. cities. [TRD]
  • Bethany Frankel is apartment hunting in Chelsea. [TRD]

The 5Pointz replacement walls (left); BIG’s proposal for Brooklyn Bridge Park (right)

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