Pier 3 Greenway Terrace

Photo by Alexa Hoyer

Pier 3 Greenway Terrace

Welcome

Experience a truly peaceful space that’s sheltered from the rush and noise of the city.

Attractions

The park’s berm helps damper out the traffic noise. Running 800 ft. long and approximately 30 ft high, the hills are designed to minimize the noise generated by the BQE. Learn More
Relax and enjoy views of Governors Island, the Statue of Liberty and skyline. Learn More
Gather and enjoy the spectacular views from a terrace constructed of salvaged stone. Learn More
Cycle or stroll down a path that connects south to Red Hook. Learn More

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    About Pier 3 Greenway Terrace

    Framed by panoramic views of the New York Harbor and skyline, and featuring salvaged granite blocks that emerge from planted areas, the Pier 3 Greenway Terrace completes the continuous promenade that runs along the water’s edge from Pier 1 to Pier 6. Admire the scenery from shady seating nooks beneath the Metasequoia trees or savor the stillness from the lawn cascading down the terrace to the south.

    The sweeping Granite Terrace provides a unique gathering spot with spectacular views of the New York Harbor. The terrace includes stacked granite blocks that rise 4 to 5 feet and include plantings of flowering trees and evergreens to provide a shady seating area. The granite was salvaged from work on the Roosevelt Island and Willis Avenue Bridges. Included in this area is the sound attenuating hill that separates this stretch of park from Furman Street and the noisy Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. This hill runs along the entire length of the Pier 3 Greenway Terrace and reduces noise pollution in the park up to 75 percent.

    The sound attenuating hill also serves another purpose this summer: it’s home to four hungry goats! We’ve recruited these furry fellows for a trial program to test their weed control capabilities. The goats have been trained to eat weeds but leave our normal grass alone. This makes them more effective and eco-friendly than chemical weed killers, which we do not use in the Park. While they may be cute, we ask that you do not disturb them and allow them to work in peace. If the trial run goes well, they may be back next summer for another season of weed control!

    The Pier 3 Greenway Terrace also features two lawns that provide breathtaking views of the harbor. A large lawn sits just south of the Granite Terrace and provides direct views of Governors Island and the Statue of Liberty. A smaller lawn northwest of the terrace sits along the water’s edge and is sloped to provide great views of the skyline.

    On the Granite Terrace, you can find the Brooklyn Bridge Park Book Cart, which houses a small library of books available to the public. Created in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library, it’s one of the park’s newest features. Sit back, relax, and enjoy sweeping waterfront views with your favorite book. Open seasonally every day from dawn till dusk.

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