Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5 Adds More Greenery To The East River Waterfront

A new community of high rises and summertime amenities is taking shape along downtown Brooklyn’s East River.

By Jeff Vasishta January 23, 2017

A stone’s throw away from Brooklyn Heights’ bustling courthouses, boutique stores and leafy brownstones, lies Brooklyn Bridge Park. In the summer, it’s an oasis dedicated to leisure activities for stressed out Brooklynites and their families across six piers overlooking the East River and Lower Manhattan. Biking, kayaking, soccer and even fishing are catered to in the spring and summer months. The good news for park regulars is that it is expanding. Pier 5’s planned “Uplands” have just been revealed in new renderings.

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The 4.5 area between Montague and Joralemon Streets just across from One Brooklyn Bridge Park has been in the midst of construction for the past few months. Now we get to see what all the noise has been about. As the “upland” name suggests, there is a sound dampening 35-foot-tall berm/ridge. There is also a “rain garden” and a stepped lawn —as well as a shaded grove and waterfront seating.

Two new buildings will consist of a boathouse, which will be made available for the park’s free community programs. A larger property will be dedicated to the park’s operation (including a horticulture lab). Expect the addition to Pier 5 to be completed prior to the summer—the park’s busiest time. It isn’t, however, the only section of the park that’s being worked on. Pier 3’s Squibb Park Bridge has come under scrutiny because of its structural instability.

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According to the Brooklyn Paper, the board voted on October 5th to allocate $3.12 million to the project. The number caused a few raised eyebrows. It was only $1 million less than it cost to build bridge in the first place, leaving many to wonder just how poorly it was constructed. The beautification of the area near Pier 3, under the BQE on Furman Street, opposite the new park makes a once sketchy area a little less frightening.

For those who can’t get enough of the park and its waterfront views of Manhattan, New York Yimby revealed renderings for the last two towers set to take to the skies around Pier 6. The designers, ODA Architecture, has filed plans for the pair of developments at 15 and 50 Bridge Park Drive. They, too, were a contentious issue with a community facility, pre-school, and an affordable housing component seemingly missing from later plans. It is expected to generate a one-time revenue of $110 million and $2.7 million in annual rent for the park.

Don’t expect to have heard the last world on the project.

Jeff Vasishta



Jeff is a writer, husband and father but not necessarily in that order. As a music journalist he counts Prince, Beyonce and Quincy Jones amongst those he’s interviewed. He's also owned and flipped homes in Brooklyn, NJ, CT and PA.

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