Our favorite spot to take in a summer sunset, Brooklyn Barge Bar, is opening tomorrow. The floating barge has a full bar with picnic table seating on the land as well. They haven’t posted a 2017 menu yet, but we assume it will include many of the staples they served last year like burgers, peel-and-eat shrimp, tacos, and Old Bay fries. (The food is mediocre, but does the trick.) Unfortunately, rain and cooler temperatures are in the forecast, with Friday being a washout, but we’re excited that the season is beginning for the popular Greenpoint destination.
The Brooklyn Barge is a vibrant waterfront community with a restaurant and bar on a floating barge. We partner with leading educational organizations in the city to provide space for experiential learning and environmental study of the East River. Our recreational water activities include kayaking, sailing and fishing, plus scientific and historic programs dedicated to building a community center in Greenpoint.
In related news, Greenpoint locals — many of whom think Brooklyn Barge Bar has ruined the former tranquility of adjacent Transmitter Park — are upset with the city’s plan to open a restaurant in the park:
Transmitter Park neighbors are broadcasting their anger over a proposed bar and grill they said the city tried to sneak by them without community review.
The Parks Department released a request for proposals Thursday for the empty building inside the park, soliciting ideas for restaurants with the option of having a liquor license, amplified sound and indoor as well as outside seating.
Greenpoint residents with Friends of Transmitter Park, who’d been in talks with the Parks Department for the last month about their idea of turning the building into a botanical learning center surrounded by gardens featuring native species, said they were blindsided by they city’s plan.
We agree that it’s a bad idea, although the park’s already so overrun with children and their impeccably-dressed helicopter parents, we typically find ourselves seeking solace elsewhere.