Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Brooklyn Bridge Park
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Some city parks—Central and Prospect, most obviously—were built to replicate rustic fields and preserve serene woodland. Brooklyn Bridge Park, however, was not—and that’s precisely why it has become so popular in the five years since it debuted. The project has transformed a chunk of the Brooklyn waterfront into an 85-acre expanse; several sections house unique attractions such as Jane’s Carousel, a restored 1920s merry-go-round, and riverside esplanades with gorgeous Manhattan views. Its latest addition, Pier 2, designed specifically for "active recreation"—sporting leagues, picnics and roller skating—further cements the space as the city’s premier urban playground.

Venue name: Brooklyn Bridge Park
Address: East River between Adams St and Atlantic Ave
Transport: Subway: A, C to High St; F to York St
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Pat M

I don't know how it took me so long to visit Brooklyn Bridge Park. It has quickly become my favorite park in the city. The views of Manhattan are nothing short of incredible. You'll often see newly weds having their wedding photos taken here, and for good reason. It's the perfect place for a New York photo opp. While Central Park, Bryant Park, and Madison Square Park are all beautiful in their own right, I was blown away by how well kept and how much there is to do at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The DUMBO neighborhood just up the hill is also full of small shops and eateries to visit as well.

Howard H

This park is completely amazing, and it simply boogles the mind that some people protested it while it was in its planning stages. That's in the past, of course, and even the doubters can't complain, about one of New York's greatest Parks. Sure nothing beats Central Park, but BBP comes close if for no other reason that the amount and variation of recreational facilities: Ball fields, basketball courts, soccer pitches a swimming pool, not to mention kayaking. Then of course there is the view of the skyline, and food most noticeably on weekends when Smorgasburg is open for business. You can walk all the way from Atlantic Avenue to Dumbo and never get bored!

Jillian Anthony

This is probably my favorite park in the city. There is such an expansive view, room for everyone and so much to do nearby. If you've got little ones, there's the merry go round plus roller skating and basketball on the piers, right by long bike trails that snake along the water. There's all sorts of free movies during the summer with an awesome view of the Manhattan skyline, plus beautiful public art like Jeppe Hein's Appearing Rooms, which is a water fountain you can run in and out of to cool off, or Tom Fruin's colorful Stained Glass House. Catch the East River Ferry to your next destination for just $4, but grab some pizza from Grimaldi's first!

Katherine W

Visiting Brooklyn Bridge Park feels a little bit like stepping into a romantic movie.  This place is classic! I've taken my swanky relatives there, as well as my punk rock ex-boyfriend.  Pretty much anyone will adore this location.

Wayne M

Wayne M

Spent 1/2 of our day there with a close friend. Fabulous view of the city and perfect to take pictures of part of New York's landscape. Would highly recommend this park for the 4th!

Samantha S

Spent the day there today, great time and atmosphere. Once all the new construction is finished, it will be an ideal spot for a day away.