Brooklyn Bridge Park’s five-acre Pier 3 opens with an interactive labyrinth and moveable furniture

July 11, 2018

Photo by Nicholas Sella

With the opening of five lush waterfront acres of park at Pier 3 on Tuesday, Brooklyn Bridge Park is now 90 percent complete. Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, it’s the final pier to be converted into parkland and features two lawns surrounded by shrubs and trees, which will offer both shade and protection from gusts of wind. “Brooklyn Bridge Park is a gem that gleams brighter with each exciting acre it adds, building on our borough’s commitment to offer high-quality open space that brings people together from all walks of life,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said.

Photo by Nicholas Sella

Photo by Nicholas Sella

The park features an exploratory labyrinth made up of varying-sized hedges. Inside the maze, there are picnic tables, games for kids and historic elements salvaged from the park, including bollards and excavated railroad tracks. Visitors will be able to move around the tables and Adirondack chairs in the outer lawn, which will be a flexible space for events and performances.

Previously inaccessible to the public, the pier’s Greenway Terrace connects to the promenade that runs between Pier 1 and Pier 6. Stacked on four- and five-foot granite blocks, the Granite Terrace offers some of the best views of the New York Harbor.

This area also features a hill that blocks out noise from the nearby Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, reducing noise pollution in the park by 75 percent, according to the BBP.

“While Brooklyn may be big, five new acres of open space is an even bigger deal, especially on the scenic waterfront,” Council Member Stephen Levin said. “Just in time for summer, let’s join New Yorkers everywhere and make beautiful memories here at Brooklyn Bridge Park.”

In total, the Brooklyn Bridge Park spans 1.3 miles along the East River and features 85 acres of park. According to Curbed NY, three parts of the park are next to be finished, including the area beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, the Pier 2 uplands and the permanent pool coming to Squibb Park.


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