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Brooklyn Bridge Park is one of the most beautiful green areas in New York City. Built recently from re-purposed industrial waterfront property, the new public space is a perfect respite if you’re hanging out in the Brooklyn Heights or DUMBO neighborhoods of Brooklyn, located in the shadow of the magnificent Brooklyn Bridge.
These photos are taken from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, on the first of the several piers that comprise Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1. Pier 1 is the largest of the piers in the park, and the views of Manhattan’s downtown and Financial District are breathtaking. The East River Ferry makes a stop at Pier 1, which makes a pleasant way to head to the park from the City; otherwise, I’d suggest trekking over the Brooklyn Bridge, a pilgrimage in itself, at least in one of the directions.
Adjacent to the Pier 1 is the Fulton Ferry Landing, which is historic in that it was Brooklyn’s first ferry landing, opened in 1642. Here there is also some great food, such as the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, as well as some popular restaurants up the block, including the perennial pizza favorite, Grimaldi’s, and the ultra-chic River Cafe. Bargemusic is a neat and intimate concert venue open during the warmer months that is made from a converted coffee barge and docked at the landing.