East River State Park Open House
The long-awaited East River State Park on the Northside Williamsburg waterfront hosted a very unofficial "open house" on Saturday. It was the one of several hopeful signs - another sign being, like, literally, an interpretive sign added to the park fence - along with placement of a large trailer that will serve as (temporary?) park offices.
What actually began as a cleanup party organized by State Parks officials, morphed into an informal preview as several dozen neighbors wandered in (and were welcomed by park management) to look around and see the progress up close.
Given that the park is meant to be a historically-significant reclaimed brownfield site, and not Bryant Park East, the place is perfect for the neighborhood. A decent amount of greenspace, an amazing view of midtown, and lots of concrete ledges for slacking, skating, creating mozaic art - doing all things hipster and art-tastic.
Imnotsayin overheard a pair of (slightly long-in-the-tooth) skaters surveying the huge concrete pad that served as an informal skatepark in the park's former overgrown and off-limits life, looking for - and finding intact - a concrete rail they used to grind. Like an old married couple rediscovering their initials in the oak tree from their youth, they kicked it - found it solid - and dreamed of sunny days to come.
More ERSP preview photos here