Garden Dialogues 2017: Brooklyn Bridge Park with Michael Van Valkenburgh

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Garden Dialogues

Garden Dialogues 2017: Brooklyn Bridge Park with Michael Van Valkenburgh

Garden Dialogues 2017: Brooklyn Bridge Park with Michael Van Valkenburgh
May 13, 2017
Brooklyn Bridge Park-MVVA Office
Brooklyn, NY
United States

This Garden Dialogue will begin with a brief tour of the offices of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates followed by a walking tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park, including new projects not yet open to the public.  The tour will be led by Mr. Van Valkenburgh, senior project manager Andrew Wisnewski, and other members of the firm. Light refreshments will be served.

The Brooklyn Bridge Park site is long and narrow, extending 1.3 miles along the shore of the East River, from Jay Street to Atlantic Avenue. The majority of the site was a defunct bulk cargo shipping and storage complex, built by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the 1950s but rendered obsolete by the rise of container shipping. Out of operation since 1983 and cut off from the surrounding residential neighborhood by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the complex included six piers and several upland warehouse buildings. The north end of the site is the area under and between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, and was an underutilized landscape surrounded by light industrial and loft complexes.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park, NY, NY - Photo courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.


Brooklyn Bridge Park transforms this stretch of post-industrial waterfront into a thriving 85-acre civic landscape. The park mediates a system of new and refurbished connections between the city and the river, becoming a vital urban threshold that provides space for a wide variety of activities and programming, all with spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Careful attention to the site’s rich history and its extraordinary built and natural features ensures that this radical transformation creates an urban destination that is dynamic and engaging for generations to come.

1-3 PM
Brooklyn Bridge Park-MVVA Office
16 Court Street, 11th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11241
United States