NYC Landscape Architecture Travel Series #3: Brooklyn Bridge Park

NYC Landscape Architecture Travel Series #3: Brooklyn Bridge Park

This week, Land8’s NYC travel series kicks off in Brooklyn, as landscape architect Jeff Gonot takes on Brooklyn Bridge Park. Read on for his travelogue!

Located next to the DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge) neighborhood, Brooklyn Bridge Park is an award-winning public space that provides beautiful views into Manhattan and a great way to see New York through the eyes of locals. Designed by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, the 85-acre waterfront park “presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and for the city as a whole.” 

Open space with Manhattan Bridge in the foreground.

It was a warm and beautiful sunny day when I visited; the food trucks were out and so were the colorful crowds.

It’s hard to imagine now, but it was only a short while ago that the river and harbor front of Brooklyn, Manhattan, Newark, and Long Island City were considered an industrial eyesore. Thanks to Mayor Bloomberg’s revitalization efforts, however, the city has now become home to some of the greatest parks and urban spaces in the world. We commend you Mr. Bloomberg!

The Lower Eastside beyond provides a marvelous view.

Re-purposed stone creates these steps down to the waterfront.

An eclectic and diverse landscape, with Lady Liberty in the horizon.

A look back at the Lower Eastside with the Freedom Tower rising high above the skyline.

Wondering where else Jeff Gonot’s been in NYC? Check out his posts on the High Line and Four Freedoms Park! 

All photographs © Jeff Gonot.

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