Brooklyn Bridge Park is a 1.2-mile park that spans the East River. It stretches underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Built originally as a shipping pier in the heyday of Brooklyn’s manufacturing era, the pier has now been transformed into a green space for residents and visitors. It’s the perfect spot for photos and enjoying a drink or a light lunch while enjoying the view.
Activities at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park hosts plenty of activities, year-round, for both adults and kids. Most activities are free, but some charge a reasonable fee. One of the most popular activities is taking photos of the Manhattan skyline — especially at night.
Free Movies in the Summer
The park hosts an outdoor free movie series that runs from June through August. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Manhattan skyline, moviegoers can sit on the lawn, bring a few chairs and watch some of their favorite flicks — like “Cocoa” or “The Goonies.”
NY Water Taxi
The NY Water Taxi docks at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Visitors can embark here for a 45-minute voyage that includes great views of the Statue of Liberty. Stay on the boat for the entire time, or hop on and off as you go — the choice is up to you.
Sports on the Pier
There’s not a lot of space for sports complexes in New York City, so the city builds them on old piers. You can play basketball or soccer or even go ice skating at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Famous players from the Nets and Knicks are known to show up and shoot some hoops with the locals.
There’s plenty of public art to ponder at the park, but you’d better hurry up and get here — most installations are only temporary. Each year the park also hosts an art exhibition in old shipping containers.
One of the focal points of the park, Jane’s Carousel has been featured in TV shows and movies, such as “Gossip Girl” and “Spiderman.” Gifted to the borough of Brooklyn by Jane Walentas, a local real estate mogul.
When hunger strikes and you need a break, head to one of the nearby local eateries.
The River Café
One of Brooklyn’s few Michelin-starred restaurants, the River Café is a great place for a fancy dinner — or just a glass of wine with a view.
Voted the best lobster roll in NYC for several years’ running, Luke’s Lobster knows what they’re doing when it comes to crustaceans in hot dog rolls. They also have a tasty lobster BLT and mac and cheese.
One of New York City’s greatest imports, the Shake Shack at Brooklyn Bridge Park has the same great menu as the original location. Try the shroom burger — a portobello mushroom cap, stuffed with gruyere cheese, breaded and deep fried.
Grimaldi’s and Juliana’s Pizzerias
The two famous pizzerias underneath the bridge are Grimaldi’s and Julianna’s, both opened by the Grimaldi family. They’ve been making the same recipe here for generations.
Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory
Voted the best ice cream in New York for several years running, the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory has been known to sell out of their best flavors. Get here early.
Best Spots for Photos
If you’re just interested in the great views, you can head to one of these spots for Instagram-worth shots:
- Brooklyn Bridge Park Ferry Pier
- Underneath the Brooklyn Bridge
- Jane’s Carousel
- Hotel 1 rooftop
While Brooklyn Bridge Park is best experienced in the summertime, you can head here year-round for great views and some of the best food Brooklyn has to offer.