Thursday, September 23, 2010

Here Are Some Ideas to Generate Funds for Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation voted to issue a Request for Proposals for a consultant to explore alternate funding sources for the park. According to the Brooklyn Eagle, whatever new uses are arrived at would replace condos that were planned in the park.

The installations all together would have to generate between $8 and $9 million in funds to make up for the loss of the condo developments.

An Idea: This Is Where Religion Come In:

The Jehovah's Witnesses have plans to divest themselves (as the economy improves) of 25 Brooklyn properties that are said to be worth at least $1 billion. They do not pay taxes on these properties. But as they are sold, the buyers would pay taxes. So -- the city will not lose any money if these taxes are earmarked for the upkeep of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The properties range from the deluxe Hotel Bossert on Montague Street to brownstones, high-rises and parking lots. They are all just a stone's throw from the park. (More about these properties at TRD.)

Supplemental Funds

In the meantime, smaller concessions might include any number of fanciful fund-raisers. Examples include:

- A bike rental concession (including those multi-rider bikes with canopies).

- A Zip Line. Whee!

- Brooklyn-themed mini-golf.

- Corporate sponsorships and naming rights subscriptions. Park uniforms with logos.

- An outdoor rock-climbing concession.

- Charge a fee to all those damn tour buses that clog the Fulton Ferry Landing entrance to the park.

- The Brooklyn Duck amphibious boat tour. Charge an operator to dock or park and a yearly fee.

- A walkway where each brick or cobblestone has the name of someone who donated a certain amount of money. It keeps getting longer. And longer.

Even artist-designed donation boxes would bring in thousands of dollars.

Any more ideas?

Photo by MK Metz

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Anonymous said...

MK, I like how you think!

bj said...

A Venice-style gondola concession to Governor's Island and back.

Anonymous said...

Anything with paint ball and you can count me in.