Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a neighborhood that already enjoys an embarrassment of food- nightlife-music- shopping- oddball-art-related riches, just added a whole bunch of NEW really cool things to do. That’s because last week marked the opening of the newly-christened Havemeyer Park, formerly known as the empty lot across from the beautiful, soon-to-be-demolished Domino Sugar Factory complex on Kent Street. Ho-hum another park, you say? Well Havemeyer, among its other charms, features a full-on BMX-style bike park! Gnarly.
The Brooklyn Bike Park, managed by Ride Brooklyn bike shop, is awesome for lots of reasons. Most important, it’s just a really well-designed space, with two pump tracks (beginner and intermediate) and several areas–rocks, logs, rollers–in which to practice your off-road skills. Everything has been constructed and will be maintained in an environmentally conscious fashion. And it’s all completely free, including a free bike rental for the 16-and-under set; for everyone else, rentals are $15, but the course is still free.
So that’s all pretty great for Williamsburg, to get Brooklyn’s only pump tracks, but Havemeyer Park also has a lot of other things to offer the community as well. There’s an impressively verdant urban farm in the space, as well as two plush-looking grassy lawns which will be used for movie screenings and performances, yoga classes, as well as reading areas for an open-air public library. There’s a cool public art piece by Ben Wolf towards the back. And those shipping containers on the site will soon open as pop-up food vendors, because this is Brooklyn in 2013. But don’t wait too long before you visit Havemeyer Park: once demolition begins on the Domino factory in about a year, the whole site will disappear.
Havemeyer Park, featuring Brooklyn Bike Park, is located on Kent and South 4th Streets in Williamsburg. Brooklyn Bike Park is open on Thursday and Friday from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. More info here.