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Brooklyn Bridge Park Spared Massive Damage Thanks To Planning

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Brooklyn Bridge Park was originally constructed with the possibility of flooding in mind, and though it suffered some damage in the hurricane, officials said the technology prevented a much larger disaster. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

As Sandy hit, waves pummeled into the pavilion that houses the 90-year-old Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Five feet of water flooded the basement, causing roughly $300,000 in damages to the heating and ventilation systems, some electronics and the 97-year-old organ.

But unbelievably, the carousel itself escaped Sandy unscathed and was able to reopen less than two weeks later.

Perry Sarinsky lives in one of the 450 units built recently in the nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park Condominiums.

"The building is operating 100 percent but solutions are temporary," Sarinsky said.

Storm water flooded the basement, taking out the boiler and water service for about two weeks.

"It came up over the piers and it was flooding these streets around here," said condo resident Lee Becker. "I had never seen it that high."

Residents know that some of the condo's rent and taxes pay for the maintenance of the public park -- it's part of the deal hammered out by the city and state in 2002.

The aim was to develop the land while also preventing flooding.

"We were very careful to replace a lot of weakened bulkheads with what we call ripwrap edges," said Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myer. "Those are these beautiful edges in our design that are made of big stone and rock."

They look like jetties in the ocean and Myer said they didn't sustain any damage and protected the area from waves.

Improved marshland and man made hills, which reach an elevation of 22 feet, may have played a roll in preventing some loss. But they didn't shelter the park completely.

"Our entire electrical system, which was submerged by salt water, is damaged and we're working very hard to bring that back on line.

The park also plans to fix two playgrounds where flooding compromised the surface's safety.

Managers hope to reopen them in time for spring.

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