Frequently Asked Questions

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Answer

How can I get to the park?

Brooklyn Bridge Park is accessible by several subway lines (A/C, 2/3, 4/5, F, R) and bus routes (B25, B61, B63, B67). Visitors can also arrive via the NYC Ferry at Fulton Ferry Landing. See Directions and the Interactive Map for more detailed information on planning your trip to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

What sections of the park are open now?

John Street, Main Street, Empire Fulton Ferry, Fulton Ferry Landing, Squibb Park and Bridge, Pier 1, Pier 2, Pier 3 Greenway Terrace, Pier 4 Beach, Pier 5, Pier 6, and the Greenway are open to the public right now. Park hours of operation are from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. daily. More info about hours here.

Where can I ride my bike in the park?

Bicycles are welcome in Brooklyn Bridge Park! Bicycle riding is permissible on the designated bike path. Riders are asked to dismount their bikes on all other pathways. Bicycle racks are located at park entrances at Piers 1, 5 and 6, along the Pier 6 volleyball courts and at the Pier 6 dog run. See the Biking page for more information.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is proud to be a key segment of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.

When and why are park lawns closed?

The most difficult aspect of turf management is compaction. Thousands of people enjoy park lawns, and this constant pressure from foot traffic squeezes the soil and restricts the root growth of the grass. Compaction is most severe when the soils are waterlogged after it rains. To mitigate compaction, it is vital to close the lawns on a weekly schedule, after big events and any time they become very wet.At least one lawn on each pier will always remain open for your enjoyment.

Weekly Lawn Closures

John Street
John Street Lawn is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Main Street
Main Street Lawn is closed on Thursdays.
Empire Fulton Ferry
Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Pier 1
Harbor View Lawn is closed on Thursdays and Fridays.
Bridge View Lawn is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Vale Lawn is closed on Wednesdays.
Pier 3 Greenway Terrace
Glade Lawn is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Pier 5
The Pier 5 uplands lawn is closed on Wednesdays.
Pier 6
Liberty Lawn is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Court Lawn is closed on Thursdays.
Ferry Lawn is closed on Fridays.

Please note that lawns will occasionally close for periodic maintenance outside of the above posted times.

Can I bring my dog to Brooklyn Bridge Park?

Dogs are welcome on park pathways, but dogs are not allowed on lawns. Dog runs are located at Main Street and at Pier 6. Go to the interactive map to see locations.

Can I bring or consume alcohol in the park?

Alcohol cannot be brought into Brooklyn Bridge Park. Alcohol is available for purchase at Fornino at Pier 6 and Luke's Lobster at Fulton Ferry Landing (both open seasonally, see Concessions for more) but must be consumed on the premises.

Can I smoke in the park?

As of May 23, 2011, Brooklyn Bridge Park is a smoke-free park, consistent with the recent New York City law. The law is intended to make parks healthier and cleaner places to visit. We ask your compliance with this new rule.

Is there wi-fi in the park?

Free Wi-Fi is available in the following park areas: Pier 1, Pier 6, Empire Fulton Ferry and Main Street. DUMBO Wi-Fi provides free access to the northern portion of the park, between the two bridges. Main Street and Empire Fulton Ferry have access to this free network. Free service to Pier 1 and Pier 6 is part of a five-year initiative led by AT&T and the City of New York that is bringing Wi-Fi to 20 parks across the five boroughs. Bring your laptop, smartphone or tablet to the park and connect while enjoying the lush landscape and gorgeous views!

Can I have my wedding in the park?

Yes, permit applications for wedding ceremonies are available. Wedding ceremonies can be held on the Pier 1 Promenade, on the Pier 1 Granite Prospect, on the Empire Fulton Ferry boardwalk and at the Main Street pebble beach only. Permits are required. Please see our Permits section of the website for more information.

I hear there is development associated with the park. Why has it been included and where is it located?

The maintenance and operations budget for Brooklyn Bridge Park is generated from a limited number of development sites located near the main entrances to the park. In terms of square footage, over half of this development occurs in existing buildings while a total of five new buildings will be built adjacent to major park entrances. See our Project Development page for more info.

When do I need a permit?

Please see our Permits section of the website for more information on when a permit is needed and how to apply for one.