Brooklyn Heights

Squibb Park Bridge brings visitors thisclose to Pierhouse

May 24, 2017 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Now that Squibb Park Bridge has reopened, it takes pedestrians thisclose to Pierhouse. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan

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Well, hello there. We really like your striped bedspread.

Squibb Park Bridge — the picturesque wooden footbridge that connects Brooklyn Heights to Brooklyn Bridge Park — recently reopened after being out of commission for 32 months.

A roughly $2.5 million repair job made the so-called “bouncy bridge” less bouncy.

It sure looks different up here now.

The last time the 450-foot-long pedestrian pathway was open, the construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pierhouse condo and hotel complex was in its early stages.

Now it’s kind of like the situation with the High Line, the popular landscaped railroad trestle in the Meatpacking District, where apartment windows are so close at hand that visitors could hit them with tossed pebbles.

When the black-locust timber and galvanized-steel-cable Squibb Park Bridge initially opened, people who walked down the zig-zagging aerial pathway had wide-open views of Lower Manhattan skyscrapers and Brooklyn Bridge Park’s shoreline.

Now the work at Pierhouse is nearing completion. And the bridge threads between two condo buildings, 90 and 130 Furman St., as it descends from its point of origin at the edge of Squibb Park and passes over Furman Street.

Some Pierhouse windows are thisclose to all those folks walking on the bridge.

So a word to Pierhouse residents: If you think the dark glass on your shoreline-facing windows renders your condo interiors invisible, you are mistaken.

During a stroll down the bridge the other day, we could see the stripes on a bedspread in one of your apartments.

Also, as those of you with patios probably realize, folks strolling on Squibb Park Bridge have a bird’s eye view of these outdoor spaces.