On the Waterfront Unit

Photo by Etienne Frossard

The East River is an important ecological habitat, but also an important amenity and resource for people. Discover the historical and current uses of these “working waterfronts” though our educational crafts, activities, and literature below.

Access: Virtual Brooklyn Waterfront | Boat Buoyancy Experiment | Arts & Crafts | Hear the Year Game | Brooklyn Bridge Activity Packet | NYC Harbor Resources


VIRTUAL EXPLORATION OF THE BROOKLYN WATERFRONT

Visit this interactive webpage to explore Pebble Beach at Brooklyn Bridge Park right from your home! Our Park shorelines are rich with ecological diversity and historic artifacts.


BOAT BUOYANCY EXPERIMENT (VIDEO)

Participate in our penny boat challenge! Can you make a boat that floats and also holds weight? Watch the video below and experiment with different boat designs to understand more about buoyancy!


ARTS & CRAFTS

Get creative with these bridge and boat crafts!


HEAR THE YEAR GAME

Click here to take a historical audio journey through the ever-changing Brooklyn waterfront! Can you correctly piece together a visual timeline based on the soundscapes you hear?


BROOKLYN BRIDGE ACTIVITY PACKET

Check out our activity guide, created in celebration of the 137th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge in May. It includes a “parts of the bridge” video lesson, bridge building challenges, arts & writing prompts, and lots of great visuals. There is something for all ages!


MORE RESOURCES ABOUT THE NYC HARBOR

Dive deeper into human interactions with the waterfront by visiting a a few of our partner websites!