Where? In Brooklyn! What, Brooklyn? But I NEVER go there you say? Let me tell you, this is a park worth making the trek for. And its hardly a trek at that.
The brand new Brooklyn Bridge Park is directly across the river from South Street Seaport in Manhattan. Surely you noticed the development crossing the Brooklyn Bride on your way to the airport (why else would a Manhattanite cross the bridge?). Over the past year Pier 1 through 6 were demolished and landscaped into a very family friendly park. Stage one (Pier 1) opened this Spring and has been a welcomed addition to a park starved city.
This past weekend Brooklynites enjoyed the fabulous brand new Pier 6 park. Located at the bottom end of Atlantic Avenue boarding the neighbourhoods of Brooklyn Heights and Red Hook, is filled with well thought out creative play areas. The approximately 7 acres of park reminds me a lot of Tear Drop Park (Battery Park) and is clearly influenced by the best of European play parks with wooden climbing structures, fabulous water features and designated age appropriate play areas all separated by amusement and given names like swing valley and slide mountain. There's also a new water taxi dock at Pier 6 that offers free direct service between Brooklyn Bridge Park and Governor’s Island. You can even take your bikes on board and ride around the island.
The park is landscaped beautifully. My six year old went crazy for it, even our baby could notice a difference. The most astounding observation was from adults without children, all of them stood taking in the park commenting on how amazing it is, how fun, and didn't they wish they had kids to play with in there. I overheard one father describe a climber as a giant molecule! It really has to be seen. We spent most of Saturday and Sunday there and I am so lucky and thankful to live walking distance to the park. For directions from all over the city click this link.
Pics of Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park