With the opening of Emily Warren Roebling Plaza, original plan for Brooklyn Bridge Park is complete

December 10, 2021

Photo credit: Alexa Hoyer

A ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday celebrated the completion of Emily Warren Roebling Plaza. With this final section beneath the Brooklyn Bridge and connecting DUMBO with the rest of the park wrapped up, the original plan for Brooklyn Bridge Park is now complete.

Photo credit: Brooklyn Bridge Park

The new $8 million public plaza, named to honor Emily Warren Roebling, who worked to ensure the Brooklyn Bridge was completed, brings two additional acres to the park and joins the Dumbo section of the bridge with the southern piers.

The connection benefits the flow of pedestrian traffic while providing iconic views of the bridge. Previously, pedestrians would have to exit the park and walk along Water Street to travel between the Dumbo section and the Brooklyn Heights section of the park.

“With the addition of this space under the majestic Brooklyn Bridge, this park fortifies itself as a coveted destination for those seeking recreation, relaxation, and an opportunity to admire history,” Parks Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff said. “We are thrilled that this section will bear the name of Emily Warren Roebling, so we can never forget her role as the woman responsible for bringing the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge to the finish line.”

The plaza features an open area of concrete pavers that echo the design of the bridge above. At the perimeter are trees, lawns, and benches.

“The completion of Brooklyn Bridge Park with the addition of this iconic new space beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, fittingly named for Emily Warren Roebling, is a tremendous accomplishment for the borough and the city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “Just over 10 years ago, this was an abandoned waterfront, and today it’s an 85-acre urban oasis enjoyed by millions of people.”


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