Brooklyn Barge Bar finally opening for ticketed event on July 4

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Brooklyn Barge Bar, credit Inhabitat

After multiple delays in June, Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Barge Bar will finally open next weekend with a ticketed July 4th event. Tickets are pricey — a whopping $125. Um, welcome to the neighborhood. But at least that includes drinks, dinner, and a decent view.

Brooklyn Barge Bar will be hosting a ticketed event for fireworks viewing on July 4th. Below are all the details you’ll need about tickets and the event. Please review these details carefully. Because of crowd control and security there are very specific logistical items that need to be followed. Happy 4th All!

Adults $125.00
Kids under 12 $40.00

Tickets include Beer, Wine, Soda, Water, Juice open bar from 6 pm to 10pm (or when the fireworks stop) and a BBQ buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken, potato salad, macaroni salad and all the fixin’s.

Purchase tickets here.

Video: Harbor Seal visits Williamsburg in search of Ramen Burgers

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Possibly distraught over a recent divorce, a Harbor Seal stopped by Williamsburg Park today after emerging from The East River. The seal was no doubt looking to cheer up by consuming several Ramen Burgers at nearby Smorgasburg. Unfortunately this loose seal was not wearing a watch and [Read more…]

Check Out This Century-Old Plan To Fill The East River

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On Friday, Gizmodo posted about some of the craziest urban plans ever proposed for New York City. One of the most fascinating and bizarre is Dr. Kennard Thomson’s 1916 proposal to fill the East River and create a new waterway between Brooklyn and Queens. The project would have united Manhattan and Brooklyn to create more space for housing and business.

Despite how crazy the proposal seems now, Thomson was a well respected and experienced urban designer. He called the proposal “A Really Greater New York” and published it in Popular Science, writing that it would “prepare New York for a population of twenty million.” The project would add fifty square miles of land and one hundred miles of waterfront and cost $50-100 million (about $1-10 billion now) for each year of construction. “As a result of the construction,” Thomson wrote, “it would not be much harder to get to Brooklyn than to cross Broadway.”

It seems that nothing was ever made of the project, but it wasn’t long before someone else proposed something similar. In 1924 the city’s traffic commissioner proposed a plan to drain the East River and convert the land into a highway in order to alleviate traffic problems.

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These projects seem insanely ambitious now, but the website BigThink writes that “land reclamation” was in vogue at the time, coinciding with the growing popularity of the zeppelin and exploration by air. Around the same time, there were proposals in Europe to connect England with the mainland and to dam the Mediterranean.

It’s clear today that at least someone thought Thomson’s plan was a bad idea. Had the city gone through with the project, Brooklyn no doubt would have taken on Manhattan’s aesthetics and costliness and most of us would probably be living on Long Island.

Check out the full proposal here, thanks to the magic of Google Books.

East River Ferry Too Cool To Run On Schedule

image c/o The New York Times

Recapping some of your weekend commuting options:

The L sucks.

The G sucks.

And now the East River Ferry may or may not suck.

Today, the NY Waterway issued a special advisory, stating:

[T]he large number of travelers we are carrying has resulted in many boats reaching their Coast Guard mandated capacity and the loading and unloading of large crowds has at times caused delays in scheduled departures. We expect this to last throughout the free trial period which ends on June 24.  If you plan on using the East River Ferry during the free period, especially during the weekend of June 18th and 19th, you should anticipate long boarding delays.

Oh well. Chillax – it’s the weekend!.  Enjoy the view during that long platform/pier wait, or simply explore those other alternative modes of transportation.

floating pool on the east river?

photo via +Pool

Could this be real? First and foremost you should probably listen to THIS while reading this post…you know, for “atmosphere.”

Both Curbed and the Village Voice have reported  that  the ever mysterious “+Pool” project is an actual possibility.  +Pool is probably the coolest (literally) and most summer useful projects to date: the pool (in the shape of a plus sign) will float on the east river and filter the river’s water– so it will be LIKE swimming in the East River but without fear of infection.  The project has teamed up with an engineering company and their kickstarter page is up and running, check it out and become a “backer” of this amazing project (they need $25,000 by July 15th to make this a possibility).

Naked Bike Ride

photo courtesy of treehugger.com

Now that you know how to properly ride a bike without getting a ticket, disregard that and get naked.  Okay, wear a helmet, and body paint if you’d like, and join the third annual 2011 World Naked Bike Ride NYC this Saturday. By the way, it’s legal to be topless in NYC! Lose those hot clothes that barely cover your skin anyway, and come out to raise awareness for green transportation and the environment.  Here are the details from the official Facebook page:

“RAIN OR SHINE (your body is water proof)
3 pm- Gather to socialize, body paint and prepare (b.y.o.~ paints and brushes)
5 pm- Riders Assemble
6 pm- We RIDE!!!
EAST RIVER PARK MANHATTAN,
JUST SOUTH OF WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE,
ENTER at DELANCEY ST @ migrate towards the East River

Don’t miss the official after party hosted by environmental group Time’s Up at S. 6th and Bedford Ave.

East River Ferry Godmother

The Bloomberg administration and City Council have a new plan to help New York residents along the water deal with crowded subways and fewer bus routes.  A new and improved ferry service is scheduled to provide all day service along the East River starting in June.  The ferries are getting a guaranteed $9 million in city money, as well as city operating support for the next three years.  The city’s Economic Development Corporation is running the project, and will hand the responsibility over to BillyBey, a division of New York Waterway.  The ferries will supposedly run regularly, allow bikes on board, and not cost all too much. From the Times:

“There is an existing East River ferry service, run by New York Water Taxi, but it makes only a handful of runs each day, during the morning and afternoon rush…The new network will offer two additional stops in Brooklyn, at India Street in Greenpoint and at North Sixth Street in Williamsburg, and the boats will travel far more frequently, running from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. In the summer, ferries will also stop at a pier near Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn and, on Fridays, make a run to Governors Island…City officials said they were hopeful that the expanded route and subsidized fares, as low as $3 a ride would foster a commuting culture…”

Well, nearly everybody I know commutes, and with a higher ticket price and, the ferries scheduled to arrive at each stop only every 20 minutes during the morning and afternoon rush times, and every half-hour at off-peak hours, it may not give the old subway the run for its money some are hoping, but who knows? With Governor Cuomo’s announcement yesterday to cut the MTA Budget by $100 million, the price of a train ticket might be three to five bucks before you know it.  Looks like all our Navy surplus pea coats might start coming in handy.

Fairly Awesome, Williamsburg to Get a Water Taxi Ferry

The Post reports the city has granted Williamsburg’s wishes for a water taxi, as it’s sent out a wave of RFP’s to gauge interest in who wants to build a ferry landing. Naturally, they couldn’t resist writing “soon Brooklyn hipsters will be taking the ferry.”

Post, take us home:

They’re also looking at the possibility of ferry service to Roosevelt Island and Coney Island.
The ferry-expansion project will be funded by $4.4 million in federal transportation money and $1.1 million in city funds.