Brooklyn Bridge Park is a cool place to spend a day

The Brooklyn Bridge Park offers some of the most scenic views in all of New York City which is why so many come here to take their wedding, engagement and birthday photos here. It’s also packed with many amenities that will keep you busy all day. Photos by Rob Abruzzese.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Looking for a great place to relax this summer? The Brooklyn Bridge Park is where it's at. It's a newly renovated 85-acre park on the waterfront next to the Brooklyn Bridge that has fantastic views of the bridges and Manhattan skyline.

It's also packed with amenities including the bike paths, soccer fields, tennis courts, a picnic area with bbq pits, playgrounds for children, a public pool, a bike rentals, free movies on Thursday nights, many restaurants, concessions and so many more things to check out that will keep you busy all day. So if you are looking for something fun to do pack your sunscreen, a lunch (or don’t), and take the subway to check out this gem.

Kids love Jane's Carousel. Open everyday except Tuesday, it is a classic three-row ride with 48 carved horses and two chariots. Originally created in 1922, it's been apart of the Brooklyn Bridge Park since 2011. All photos by Rob Abruzzese.

Counselors and kids from the Rising Stars Academy in Bedford-Stuyvesant spent the day running around on the Bridge View Lawn in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Pictured are kids Kelis, Amir, Alana, Eniah, and Kenneth with counselors Mr. B, Tytiana Honey, and Davon Raspberry. 

Bargemusic has been a great place to listen to music in Brooklyn since 1977 and is now located in Brooklyn Bridge Park. There will be concerts on the barge every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this summer.

For those who need to stay connected while enjoying the park, like Monique Camara from Bay Ridge, there is free public access to Wi-Fi and charging stations scattered throughout.

Lizzmonade, which sells refreshments and food like burgers, sliders, and tacos, is located right next to the Pop Up Pool and is one of many concession stands in the park.

The Pop Up Pool is a public pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park. It’s a great place to unwind and cool down with a magnificent view of the Manhattan skyline, but it only has a capacity of 60 people so there early.

The River Cafe in the Brooklyn Bridge Park may have one of the best views of any restaurant in the entire city as it is situated immediately next to the Brooklyn Bridge right across from the South Street Seaport and the Statue of Liberty. There is also a beautiful shady grove immediately in front of it that is a great place for a break from the sun.

The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, located in a landmark fireboat house, is another great place to cool down. Doreen Sluder and her son Peter both recommend the vanilla chocolate chunk.

Catherine Cannon and her Dotson Oskar enjoy running around at the park’s Main Street Dog Run.

The many playgrounds scattered throughout the park make it a great place to bring kids to play. The Brooklyn Public Library’s Kidsmobile even stops at the playgrounds every Tuesday throughout the summer.

The Brooklyn Bridge Garden Bar serves food, wine and local beers, but most of all it’s surrounded by plants and umbrellas that can provide a much needed escape from the sun (or the rain if you are desperate).

July 11, 2013 - 1:30pm


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