While Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 2 opened in late May, the roller rink only opened yesterday. The rink joins the pier's many other recreational features, which include shuffleboard, fitness equipment, swings, bocce and basketball (you'll find some turf and picnic tables amongst the 5 acres as well).
The rink will be open from 10 a.m. through 11 p.m. daily. Admission starts at $5 (this goes up to $8 on weekends), and special nights will be offered as well, including family nights which will cost only $3. (You can find the schedule here.) Skate rentals are $6, and if you aren't used to being on wheels and need a little help, they have skate mates available for the same price. There are also restrooms available on the pier, lockers, and a roof covers the rink so you can still skate when it rains.
And yes, there will be hockey... and derby. The Park notes that "the rink, operated by New York Skating, LLC, has hockey boards running the perimeter, multiple entrances and player boxes, and will provide opportunities for roller and in-line skating, roller hockey and roller derby." For the less competitive, there's nothing wrong with a casual Saturday skate:
Geoffrey Owens, a lifetime Brooklynite, brought his two teenage girls to the rink yesterday—he told us, "I lived here when there was nothing here. It's amazing. I didn't believe it was ever going to get done... my whole life, and we've never made use of the waterfront like this."
Pier 2 is the most recent pier to be open to the public, and adds to Brooklyn Bridge Park's many other features, including concessions and a volleyball court (Pier 6), a soccer field, fishing spots, and grills (Pier 5), a beach that you cannot swim at (Pier 4), a greenway (Pier 3), a shallow swimming pool and bar (near Pier 2), picnic lawns (Pier 1), and condos condos condos! Up next: Pier 6 will get some lawns.
Additional reporting by Shayla Love.