New York City’s scenic Brooklyn Bridge connects Brooklyn to Manhattan over the East River. The pedestrian walkway provides river views south toward Staten Island and north toward Queens. These clean river views from the center of the Brooklyn Bridge’s span will often include boats (you may find tugboats, barges, and ferries). Less common, however, are boats on buildings (boats in Brooklyn Bridge Park have been noted, however). I saw one such boat near the Brooklyn Bridge’s Brooklyn entrance on a building in DUMBO.
This photo, which I took from the pedestrian walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge, does appear to be of a boat on a building balcony. Why is there a boat on the balcony? I know not? If one views the “boat” while walking west toward Manhattan, he or she may believe that this is a boat on a balcony and nothing more. However, viewing it from the perspective of walking east toward Brooklyn instead of away from Brooklyn reveals more.
It appears to be playground equipment shaped like a boat. Much changes with a shift in perspective.
I am assuming the building is a high rise apartment building (I never matched it to its ground level) and the boat-shaped playground is one of the building’s amenities. But regardless of its purpose, I will venture that whoever put it there took into account how it would look from the Brooklyn Bridge.