Party Earth Review An eighty-five-acre stretch of piers, marshes, lawns, and coves, Brooklyn Bridge Park has something for just about everyone – and all of it with views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan skyline, and the Statue of Liberty... ... read full review
Extends along the East River Waterfront
from the Manhattan Bridge to Pier 6
Brooklyn, NY 11201
A, C: High Street
2, 3: Clark Street
Portions of the park closed due to ongoing construction
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, NEW YORK –
An eighty-five-acre stretch of piers, marshes, lawns, and coves, Brooklyn Bridge Park has something for just about everyone – and all of it with views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan skyline, and the Statue of Liberty.
Though portions of the park aren’t slated to open till 2013, the wide green lawns and center hill of Pier 1 bring out all types, from athletes looking to play catch or ride bikes to sunbathers lying back with a picnic and a good book. Other piers offer calm water boating for kayakers, habitat preserves, tidal pools, and even outdoor sand volleyball courts.
Those who can afford it enjoy luxury cuisine at The River Café right at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, though if donning a suit jacket to get dinner doesn’t sound enticing, visitors need only venture to seasonal but more budget-friendly options like the Brooklyn Bridge Wine Bar or Bark Hot Dogs.
Near the Café, babysitters and young-at-heart twenty-somethings alike climb onto Jane’s Carousel, a historic refurbished merry-go-round open all year, while couples stroll along the rocky sand and watch the waves.
As night falls, the area is taken over by events like summer movie screenings and outdoor concerts, including performances at Bargemusic, the only floating concert hall in the world.
With its beautiful layout and relaxed air, Brooklyn Bridge Park is the perfect place to spend a whole day soaking up the borough’s wonderful character.
The Fulton Ferry takes passengers from the Park to the South Street Seaport in Manhattan – but on Fridays (so long as it’s open for the season) it stops at Governor’s Island, with free bike passage to boot. You can spend the day biking your butt off and then return to the park to catch an event or just rest your legs by the water.
Athletes, cyclists, joggers, kayakers, picnickers, sunbathers, nature-lovers, tourists, photographers, and anybody looking to escape the city’s mad hustle. All ages.
Athletic Features and Activities:
Multi-use lawns available for outdoor sports including Frisbee, volleyball, football, and more. Several playgrounds for the kiddies. Bike and running paths throughout the park. Tidal pools and an area for calm water boating beckon lots of children, kayakers, and boating newbies. Jane’s Carousel (between Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges) is a beautiful restored carousel near the north end of the park.
Events and Facilities:
Outdoor events hosted throughout the year, including outdoor movie screenings, concerts, family events, and holiday parties. Regular concerts at the Bargemusic floating concert hall every Saturday (right by the Old Fulton Street entrance). Brooklyn Bridge Plaza right below the bridge hosts flea markets, art shows, farmers markets, and more.
Free Wi-Fi available at Pier 1, Pier 6, Empire Fulton Ferry, and Main Street, as well as along the northern portion of the park between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.
Around half a dozen food stands and restaurants throughout the park, including Blue Marble Ice Cream, Calexico Mexican, and the Brooklyn Bridge Wine Bar on the Pier 1 Promenade, though all of these – save for the very pricey River Café at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge – are only open May through October.
Park entrance is free. Carousel rides $2. Food ranges from a few dollar dogs at Bark Dogs to $100+ meals at The River Café.
Anything goes. Jackets required in main dining room of The River Café during evening hours.
Any warm, sunny day to relax in the grass, or on clear nights to catch a sunset over the Manhattan skyline.
Galapagos Art Space (16 Main Street) is a 9,000-square-foot cultural space with a 1,600-square-foot indoor lake at its center. Yes, a lake. The venue hosts great cultural events from large trivia gatherings and sultry burlesque shows to classic theater.