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When it comes to panoramic views of lower Manhattan, Pier 1 is the place to be. Whether you’re taking a leisurely stroll, sinking into a good book or looking out at the harbor, this outstanding open space provides scenery to spare.

About Pier 1

Pier 1 is the largest of the park piers and includes large lawns, a playground at the northern edge, a waterfront promenade and a series of tree-lined pathways that provide a varied waterfront experience.

Along the western edge of the pier you’ll find Granite Prospect, a dramatic set of steps built from granite stones salvaged from the Roosevelt Island Bridge reconstruction. Sit here and enjoy the views of the New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan or attend one Brooklyn Bridge Park Conversancy’s events here.

Pier 1 features three magnificent lawns which provide a great open space for taking in the sun, enjoying the views or having a picnic with friends. These lawns are often the location for many of the park’s free events and public art installations.

The Salt Marsh at the southern edge of Pier 1 is planted with native plant life and nestled within a salvaged granite seating area.

The water gardens at Pier 1 create a dramatic display of water-loving plants along the main park promenade, including pussy willow and serviceberry, rose mallow and a variety of irises and ferns. In addition to the value they bring to the park experience, these gardens are the visible component of the rainwater collection that is one of many ecologically positive site systems that support Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Pier 1 Entrance Renovation

Pier 1 Entrance Renovation, Spring 2023 – Summer 2024

After 10 years of Park use, the entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 1 does not serve the millions of summer visitors with the grandeur it deserves. After engaging with consultants and the Park’s original designers, a plan to renovate the Pier 1 entrance has begun. The building that currently exists at the Pier 1 Entrance will be redesigned and modified to include public restrooms.

Below are conceptual drawings only. After an architect is contracted, actual building renderings will be released.

A conceptual drawing of the concession and public restroom building at the Pier 1 Entrance


The proposed redesign of the Pier 1 Entrance


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