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Waterfront Parks Ban Access to Piers for Fireworks Friday

By Serena Dai | July 3, 2014 3:06pm
 North 5th Street Pier will be closed on Friday during the fireworks, officials said.
North 5th Street Pier will be closed on Friday during the fireworks, officials said.
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BROOKLYN — Partycrashing and on-the-water views may be tougher for revelers headed to the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront for fireworks Friday.

Several piers and other water-edge access will be closed off for safety reasons during fireworks, said Meghan Lalor, a spokeswoman with the Parks Department.


And several residential buildings near the water have implemented extra security to prevent non-residents and guests from crowding areas with a view, residents and doormen said. 

Greenpoint's Pencil Factory at 122 West St., for example, has hired special security for the day and issued wristbands to guests to limit the number of people on the rooftop lounge, said Adam Berenson, vice president of Derma Management.

Guests have been pre-registered so that guards will be able to know who's trying to sneak in and who's not, Berenson said.

"You can't just have it unattended there," he said. "There's a lot of people in the neighborhood who find that roof easily accessible on a regular night."

Heath Cameron, a resident of luxury building Two Northside Piers near the East River Park, said he was told it would be difficult to get guests in once the crowds started pouring in.

The 33-year-old opted to ditch his apartment's river views for Red Hook on Friday partly to avoid the hassle of planning a party with increased security and crowds, he said.

He's excited about the fireworks moving to the East River for the first time in five years but plans to let his neighbors do the test run on how hard it will be to have a party, he said.

"We'll gauge it," he said. "Next year, we'll have a party."

Park closures include Greenpoint's Transmitter Park's pier, the North 5th Street park, the sloped roof of Bushwick Inlet Park and the water's edge at Grand Ferry Park, Lalor said.

The rest of Transmitter Park and Bushwick Inlet Park will be open. A state parks representative did not immediately respond to request for comment on banned areas in East River Park.

That said, Lalor reminded residents that the Williamsburg waterfront might not be the best place to be for fireworks, anyway.

"Waterfront areas to the north such as in Williamsburg and Greenpoint will only have partial or obstructed views," she said. "The recommended public viewing areas are at Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Heights promenade."