Works in Progress - Winter 2013

Update, Brooklyn Bridge Park


By Allen Freeman

December 7, 2012



Hurricane Sandy left the built portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park largely intact (see Works in Progress, Summer 2010 and Spring 2012). Winds toppled a few trees, but most survived, and the railings, benches, and posts were unscathed. But in exceeding the projected 100-year storm-water surge by nearly two feet, Sandy ruined most of the waterfront park’s electrical systems. “Overall, we are pleased with the park’s resilience against a disturbance of this magnitude,” says its lead designer, Michael Van Valkenburgh.

Allen Freeman is the former advisory editor of the Scholar and editor of Works in Progress.

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