Steel Piles Poking Through Brooklyn Bridge Park 'Beach' to Be Removed

By Nikhita Venugopal on June 17, 2014 5:07pm 

 The beach at Pier 4 in Brooklyn Bridge Park also officially opened to the public last month.
The beach at Pier 4 in Brooklyn Bridge Park also officially opened to the public last month.
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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — Three steel piles embedded in the sand at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s newly opened beach will be removed Wednesday morning, officials told DNAinfo New York.

The Pier 4 beach officially opened to the public on May 22 but the “potential hazard” was spotted a few days earlier, the Brooklyn Heights Blog previously reported.

After park officials were alerted, the girders, which poked through the sand on the beach, were barricaded for “public safety” and inspection.

“Our engineers and designers made several inspections, completed a survey and are working on a solution,” Pat Kirshner, vice president of capital planning and construction at Brooklyn Bridge Park said in a statement.

“We will be pulling the three piles out of the beach shortly,” she said.

The small beach at Pier 4 opened last month along with basketball, bocce and shuffleboard courts and playgrounds at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Hundreds of cubic yards of debris were removed from the site to construct the natural-looking shoreline. The steel beams were left over from old bulkhead.

The work on the piles will begin early Wednesday morning during low tide and take a few hours to complete, spokeswoman Teresa Gonzalez said.
 

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