Brooklyn Bridge Park is now a reality and the beginnings have already become a treasured urban oasis. Offering spectacular views of downtown Manhattan and the New York Harbor, Pier 1, Pier 6, the Brooklyn Bridge Park "Main Street lot," and Empire-Fulton Ferry section of the park have attracted thousands of visitors. These park sections are the setting for our programs and events, as well as picnics, ball play, daydreaming and much more.
Pier 1 Pier 1 adds 6 new acres of park including 1,300 feet of promenade along the East River, and 2.5 acres of lawn with sweeping views of the New York harbor, the Manhattan skyline, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Pier 6 Pier 6 adds approximately 7 acres of new park, including a 1.6 acre destination playground. The play areas will include a “swing valley” featuring long rope swings, a “slide mountain” with two-story high slides, a water-play area, climbing structure, and a “boulder mountain."
Main Street Lot Operated by the City, Brooklyn Bridge Park is often referred to as the "Main Street Lot" because it used to be a parking lot! The city now manages this park area and playground. This section of Brooklyn Bridge Park offers breathtaking views of the skyline and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
Empire-Fulton Ferry Closed for renovations until spring 2011, Empire-Fulton Ferry is undergoing several exciting park improvements. Thanks to a generous donation of $3.45 million from David and Jane Walentas, Empire-Fulton Ferry will be home to Jane's Carousel, housed in a pavillion designed by renowned architect Jean Nouvel. Other improvements include stormwater retention tanks, park furnishings, lighting an regrading.
Tobacco Warehouse Originally built by the Lorillard family, sits on the upland of Empire-Fulton Ferry Park, just north of the Brooklyn Bridge, and just south of the Empire Stores. Together, these landmark 19th century warehouses are vivid reminders of the shipping activity that once defined the downtown Brooklyn waterfront.
Cove Between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge on the Brooklyn shore of the East River, in the midst of the hardscape grandeur of New York City, lies the Cove Between the Bridges, one of the few places on the New York City waterfront that gives visitors true access to the water. It is also a rich habitat for fish, crabs, and birds of the New York Harbor Estuary.
Future Park Over 20 years of community advocacy to transform the piers below the Brooklyn Heights Promenade into a vibrant waterfront park are paying off. Construction of Phase 1 began in winter 2008. Pier 1 opened to the public March 2010 and Pier 6 opened June 2010. 66% of the park is slated to be complete by 2013.