……(Sung to the tune of: Follow The Yellow Brick Road) …. to Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park located on the East River in the historic, peaceful, and picturesque neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights. I took the N to 59th Street and transferred to the #4 exiting at Borough Hall and Joralemon Street.
Joralemon as well as most of the streets in the “heights,” is lined with 19th and early 20th century red brick townhouses, the street itself is narrow and paved with old weathered cobblestone, the doors on the houses are painted yellow, blue, red and purple and large picture windows reflect the homes around them.
I arrived at Brooklyn Bridge Park early afternoon and the “joint was jumpin.” The park from pier 6 all the way to pier 1 was jammed packed with people out to spend the day picnicking, barbecuing or participating in every type of sport that the park offered. For the little ones water showers were installed throughout the length of the park which would randomly shoot up powerful jets of cold water, eliciting surprised and excited screams of laughter.
The object of my visit this past Sunday, was to tour and photograph the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, moored at Pier 5. The tour was free and the crew happy to have you aboard. I had a ball wandering around with the camera and photographing this tall ship inside and out which, was built in 1936 at the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany and was originally operated by Nazi Germany to train cadets for the German Navy. The U.S. commandeered it as a war prize after WWII and, it is still used for training by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Quite a provenance this vessel has.
When I left the vessel I continued along the waterfront counting the piers and stopping at each one to capture a scenic view. At pier 2 there is a tiny stretch of beach where one can walk, stroll, sunbathe or kayak along its rocky shores. Fat puffy clouds floated in a sky of blue and a very welcoming breeze blew off the river as the sun beat down upon the mortal worshipers who were determined to get as much sun and fun in as they could.
Arriving at pier 1 in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, I bought a large creamy chocolate chunk ice cream cone at the Ice Cream Factory, then a ferry ticket and sailed away home.
I hope you get a chance to visit this wonderful park and if not I hope my words and images take you there, just the same.