Yesterday the Parks Department broke ground on a long-awaited $12 million redevelopment of WNYC Transmitter Park along the East River in Brooklyn. The project, which is expected to take 18 months or so, includes the construction of a pier at the foot of Kent Street, an esplanade for "passive recreation," and 1.6-acres of open space on the waterfront. There will also be a wetland accessible to visitors; and a separate children’s play area featuring a nautical theme.

Sounds suh-weet, but the bad news is that the park is now closed through 2012 while they work on it. Oh well, focus on the future by clicking on the image for an expanded view of the rendering!