Bridge to Pier 1 is Approved

By Andy Campbell

The long-awaited footbridge linking Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 and Brooklyn Heights is officially a go.

Squibb Park Bridge — which will extend from the sunken park at Columbia Heights and Middagh Street over Furman Street and down to the verdant former pier below — is off the chopping block after the Brooklyn Bridge Park board of directors approved the construction contract for the $5-million bridge last week.

Park officials hope that the pedestrian pathway will curb complaints over access to Pier 1, which is quite a schlep from any direction. That said, park officials touting the bridge as being “nearby” the A, C, 2 and 3 train lines is misleading — in fact, the trip to Pier 1 at the foot of Old Fulton Street would only be cut down by a block or two when walking from the south.

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