Friday, October 23, 2015

Brooklyn Bridge Park

October weather has been gorgeous and turned into the best time to visit the newly opened Brooklyn Bridge Park

Located on Brooklyn's waterfront under the Brooklyn Bridge and across from the southern tip of Manhattan, this gem of a park offers breathtaking views of the New York City skyline across the East River. 

Visitors can stop and gaze at the postcard-perfect sights of New York City while sitting on the park's steps or picnicking on its grass. 

Everyone can appreciate the playground, where the park's waterfront setting inspires play time and has influenced how the playgrounds were built and laid out. 

With climbing equipment embellished with decorative sails, a boat shaped sandbox, and public art installations that encourage viewers to touch and interact with bright and attractive pieces. 

Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre post-industrial waterfront site stretching 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River edge. The site stretches west in an arc from the Manhattan Bridge, through the Brooklyn Bridge and south along the East River to the upland area of Pier 6 and Atlantic Avenue. 

The park’s boundaries are Jay Street to the north, Atlantic Avenue to the south, Furman Street to the east and the East River to the west. The site is long and narrow with crenelated edges formed by the piers. 

Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the park has garnered several design, community, environmental, and tourist awards in the past few years. 

Watertower 3: R.V. Ingersoll by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin

The space includes Piers 1-6, Empire Fulton Ferry Park and the existing Main Street Park. Two historic properties, the Civil war-era Empire Stores and the Tobacco warehouse, are also integrated into the park. 

Appearing Rooms by Danish artist Jeppe Hein

Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, a not-for-profit entity is responsible for the planning, construction, maintenance, and operation of the park. Their mission is to "create and maintain a world class park that is a recreational, environmental and cultural destination enjoyed by residents and visitors of New York City." 

On display now, Jeppe Hein, Please Touch the ArtMay 17, 2015 to April 17, 2016. 

Mirror Labyrinth by Danish artist Jeppe Hein

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