J.J. Byrne Park: Slow Going in Boymelgreen Section
This is J.J. Byrne Park, which was the subject this past weekend of some public sessions to gather ideas for a redo of the Fifth Avenue side. The top photo is taken from Fifth Avenue. The tall building in the background is the Novo Park Slope development built by developer Shaya Boymelgreen. Which brings us to the bottom photo. That is the Terrapin Playground which the developer pledged to rebuild after using it for construction of the luxe condos. At one point last year, Community Board 6 urged the Dept. of Buildings to withhold a certificate of occupancy for the building unless the developer got moving on the park. The going has been very slow on what is supposed to be eight handball courts, two basketball courts, a skate area and a dog run. It looks like almost no progress has been made since Brownstoner checked up on it on December 18 and would appear from the photos below that a miracle might be needed to get it ready by spring. (Actually, at least one pile of soil appears to have been moved as well as several boards, a hose and a blue tarp.) The Parks Department was saying that winter weather might be a factor in pinning down an opening. Perhaps the delays are due to the bitter, bitter we have been having, plus the unrelenting heavy snow.