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Opening Up the Waterfront

A two-mile-long, City-owned public open space offering community programming, recreation, and unparalleled views from Manhattan’s eastern shore.

Running from the Battery north to Montgomery Street, the project features:

  1. Sustainable design elements including energy-efficient lighting, recycled materials, and rainwater harvesting to maintain green spaces.
  2. A maritime pavilion at Pier 15, two step-down lookouts, and plentiful seating for pedestrians.
  3. Two half basketball courts, a bocce/petanque area, a dog run, and an open, elevated exercise area with publicly accessible equipment.
  4. A continuous, two-way bike lane with 24-hour lighting.

Brooklyn Bridge Esplanade

We're advancing an additional section of the waterfront esplanade located at the Manhattan footing of the Brooklyn Bridge. This section, the Brooklyn Bridge Esplanade (BBE), is approximately 1500 linear feet long and will give the community additional opportunities along the waterfront from approximately Peck Slip to Catherine Slip under the FDR.

Community Outreach
  • BBE CB1 Presentation November 19, 2019
  • BBE CB3 Presentation November 14, 2019
  • Manhattan Community Board 3 Parks and Waterfront Committee Meeting (Brooklyn Bridge Esplanade and BK Bridge-Montgomery Coastal Resilience Combined Update) October 10, 2019
  • BBE CB1 and CB3 Update April 16, 2019 and May 16, 2019
  • BBE CB1 and CB3 Update February 14, 2019
  • BBE Community Forum Presentation January 8, 2019
  • BBE Outreach Overview February 14, 2018

Get Involved

Visit: NYC Parks

Want to learn more? Visit NYC Parks for updates and for details on how you can host an event at Pier 15 or the esplanade.