Maybe not king of the world, but soon you can proclaim yourself the King of Kings County. A new project inspired by the Titanic, at least the one scene in the movie version featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, will soon grace the Brooklyn waterfront.
“I’m king of the world!”
In 1997 DiCaprio shouted the unforgettable line from the prow of the boat in the movie Titanic. And soon you can be sure fans will shout the famous movie line toward the New York skyline. That’s because Architect Bjarke Ingels, with the Bjarke Ingels group, or BIG, unveiled plans to build an $8 million viewing platform based on the iconic scene.
The viewing platform will be the latest addition to the Brooklyn Bridge Park which has already undergone some titanic renovations that include new soccer fields and volleyball courts.
“I think it’s gorgeous. It looks nice, especially because it’s over the water. It feels nice, it feels relaxing,” said Xavier Rodriguez of the Lower East Side.
“I understand that they want to do a ship motif with the waterfront, but maybe that’s the wrong one,” said Jim Osman in Carroll Gardens.
Bikers and pedestrians will be able to ride and walk under the raised platform, which will be topped with a lawn and picnic area.
Construction on the privately-funded project is set to break ground next year and is expected to finish up in 2015.
That is of course as long as no icebergs get in the way.