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'Green' Concession Stand Touches Down in Brooklyn Bridge Park

By Janet Upadhye | October 12, 2012 2:46pm | Updated on October 13, 2012 9:51am

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — Brooklyn Bridge Park is dedicated to going green.

Some Brooklyn Heights residents were surprised to see a large crane lowering a fully constructed 'green' building near Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park Thursday.

The new concession stands, constructed off-site are "clad in salvaged longleaf yellow pine wood and feature a green roof to absorb rainwater, provide building insulation, create habitat for wildlife, and to help lower urban air temperatures."

"In keeping with the park’s sustainable design, the pine is recycled wood," said Maureen Lynch, spokeswoman for the park. "The wood was salvaged from the cold storage buildings on the uplands of Pier 1 and is used throughout the park."

A request for proposals from food vendors will be released in the coming year.

And concession stands are not the only new addition to Pier 5. Shade sails, playground equipment, barbecue grills, picnic tables, and synthetic turf for a new soccer field have all arrived on site in the last few weeks.

Construction is in full swing at Pier 5, right on schedule for its opening to the public this fall.