Brooklyn Bridge Park

A modern park built on historic foundations that affords magnificent waterfront views of Lower Manhattan.

TravelCurious Tip

Get up early and watch the sunrise over the Brooklyn Bridge, the light reflecting off lower Manhattan’s windows. You will likely see a few photographers there already!

Stretching along the Brooklyn side of the Easter River, Brooklyn Bridge Park makes an idyllic reprieve from the endless bustle of New York City. Once a pick up spot for ferries between Brooklyn and Manhattan, it was from here that George Washington and his soldiers escaped to Manhattan to evade the colonial army during the Battle of Long Island.

While ferries still dock there, there’s also much more going on now thanks to the area’s revitalisation. Today’s park is divided into eleven sections: Piers 1 through 6, Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, Empire Fulton Ferry, Main Street and John Street, each of which features unique topographies, installations and events.

As you like it

There’s something for everyone in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Just about any sport is catered for: football, handball, basketball, volleyball — even shuffleboard! It is of course an ideal spot for joggers, power walkers, or just plain amblers; canine friends are welcome too. There are plenty of playgrounds for children, and even the carved wood Jane’s Carousel, which has stood in the same spot since the 1920s.

Among the many events held in Brooklyn Bridge Park are Smorgasburg, a weekly outdoor food market, film screenings, and the “Shakespeare at Sunset” series, in which various theatre groups give al fresco performances of the Bard’s plays. All of which is wonderful, but not entirely necessary: you can simply head over with friends and a picnic and be dazzled by the sunset and the Manhattan skyline.

Nearby Attractions

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Brooklyn Bridge
New York's iconic 19th century bridge is an awesome industrial achievement, and a symbol of American optimism.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
An unrivalled view of Lower Manhattan's skyline over New York Harbour makes this a popular place for an evening walk.
Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass is a thriving neighbourhood of artistic activity and tech startups.
Wall Street
The hub of US financial services that has come to represent capitalism in its purest form.
Brooklyn Heights
Originally Brooklyn Village, this historic neighbourhood is now a beautiful and affluent residential area.
Fraunces Tavern
The place where George Washington gave his farewell address after the Revolutionary War

Related Tours

A View from Brooklyn Heights
Connecting Long Island and Manhattan since 1883, Brooklyn Bridge has become a globally recognized symbol of New York. Cross it in the company of your personal guide before a private trip around Brooklyn.

  • Step across the glorious Brooklyn Bridge 
  • Enjoy the illustrious past and colorful present of Brooklyn Heights
  • See DUMBO in urban form
Majestic Brooklyn Bridge

Your tour begins at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge entrance. Here you will cross the world famous landmark, during which there will be ample time to discuss the fascinating history of the bridge and to photograph Manhattan, Brooklyn and New York Harbor. Accompanied by your expert local guide, you will hear about the origins of the ferry, travel across the East River, learn about the politics behind the building of the bridge, the complications around its construction,  as well as the stories of designers and immigrant builders who made the project happen.

Trendy Brooklyn Heights

You will then have the pleasure of strolling along the tree-lined streets of Brooklyn Heights, known as the finest of all the residential neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Filled with colorful people and beautiful architecture, you will explore the myriad streets and alleys of America’s first ‘suburb’. While you walk, you will learn about George Washington’s stand against British General Howe, listen to the plentiful stories of engineering and military defeats, as well as the history of the anti-slavery preachers and remarkable authors of the area. You will also pay a visit to the Brooklyn Promenade, for absolutely unbeatable views of Manhattan. 


From the promenade, you will walk down to the ferry landing area and explore a small part of DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Formerly a manufacturing and industrial district, the area suffered from economic decline and eventually fell into disrepair. Fortunately, due to a renewed appreciation for the architecture of the area and sizable investment, the once vacant factory lofts have now become very attractive destinations for artists and creatives alike. DUMBO has been transformed into a lively Brooklyn neighborhood, boasting many art galleries and high-end boutiques, pizzerias, a scenic waterfront and characterful cobblestone streets lined with historical architecture. 


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