After more than twenty years of contention, reevaluation and irresolution, Brooklyn Bridge Park has, more or less, finally opened today. While city officials gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony, on this rain-soaked Monday morning, most of the park has yet to be built…who will foot the bill has yet to be disclosed.

The opening introduced the first phase of the 85-acre, $350-million verdure to the public, built atop disused piers starting at Pier 1 and running along a 1.3 mile stretch of the East River. Another phase, at Pier 6, will open this spring and Mayor Bloomberg was “optimistic that the remaining pieces of the park will fall into place quickly.” Yeah, I’m sure.  NY Times