Brooklyn Waterfront History

The area that is today Brooklyn Bridge Park was once a site of bustling commerce, a transportation terminal, an entry point for immigrants, an artistic and activist center, and finally, a world-class park visited by millions of tourists and New Yorkers every year. To tell the stories of the site’s history and elucidate the Park’s unique design, Brooklyn Historical Society and Brooklyn Bridge Park have partnered to create an interpretative signage project that reveals the history of the Brooklyn waterfront and highlights the ecological and sustainable features of the Park.

To enhance the visitor experience, an accompanying website,, delves deeper into the history, ecology and sustainability of the Park, and serves as a walking companion for mobile device users. Visitors can access detailed information on points of interest, explore thematic tours, and examine BHS’s rich historical documents on mobile devices, all while walking through the Park.

To learn more about this project and discover the fascinating history of the area, please visit