Brooklyn Bridge Park Tops Time-Out List

Some city parks were built to replicate rustic fields and preserve serene woodland. Brooklyn Bridge Park, however, was not—and that’s precisely why it has become so popular.

In a round-up of the best parks in New York City, Time Out put Brooklyn Bridge Park at the top of the list, citing the views, Jane’s Carousel, and the myriad activities offered as among the park’s attractions.

Other parks on the list include Central Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Prospect Park, and The Hills at Governor’s Island.

While the Park has occasioned no small amount of controversy locally over the last few years, it continues to be a vibrant community space for the borough and the city, with teams, schools, and community groups flocking to it daily, along with the local residents and visitors.

Photo: Claude Scales

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  • Andrew Porter

    So even MORE people will flock there, making it even more crowded, with more activities. Great…

  • meschwar

    People using a public park. How DARE they?

  • ykwhthis….

    Time Out thinks BBP is great? Really? How exactly typical yuppie/millenial think. Totally self focused, whatever feels good to them is fine…and if there are really serious consequences, especially for people outside of their yuppie “culture” well..they absolutely could care less….totally rain puddle deep thinking/ insight.

  • Andrew Porter

    Brooklyn Bridge Park was not built in a vacuum.

    People using a park is fine. However, the people running the place have done things to increase the numbers using it without planning for the consequences.

    How about the people who’ve brought guns to the park? Or the number of police there weren’t increased until unfortunate crimes occurred? Or the quality of life for people on Joralemon suffering because of the big crowds using that street as an access point?

    Or the construction of enormous buildings to finance the park, infringing on locals (PierHouse, Pier 6 buildings, etc.) and our infrastructure?

    Unintended consequences have not been factored in.

  • Reggie

    The percentage of people who brought a gun to the park is how many digits right of the decimal point?

  • Andrew Porter

    Anyone bringing a gun to BBP is one person too many.

  • Jorale-man

    I suspect that if the park had been, in fact, designed with an emphasis on “rustic fields and serene woodlands” the problems it’s created wouldn’t be there. With such an emphasis on sports facilities we’ve seen a lot of testosterone-fueled shenanigans that have spilled over into the neighborhood. Don’t get me wrong, I like some aspects of the park and regularly use it for jogging myself, but the focus is definitely skewed towards people who prefer athletics over quiet contemplation.

  • Arch Stanton

    So what would be better? While the park certainly has its issues, it is quite a bit nicer than the derelict piers.

  • Brixtony

    This park gets better and better. It IS a jewel in this neighborhood. The very, very infrequent incidents that seem to terrify a few folks on this blog are a part of living in a big city. Yes, the sports center could have been laid out more effectively, but was bound to attract people, since there are few places like that in this area. Probably my biggest criticism is the lack of thought that went into access from the street and through the neighborhood. However, I live on an access street and use the park at least once a week and the hysteria over the crowds is misplaced.

  • Reggie

    Bring back Strober!!!

  • Reggie

    Oh, agreed. But you make it sound like a regular occurrence.

  • Reggie

    Am I the only one who remembers when Roy Sloane was criticizing the park for not having enough recreation?

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Well said. I would add that the nefarious and duplicitous way the Park was funded, and the effects of those methods upon the neighborhood (namely the illegal view-blocking and unmitigated, unchecked increases to the population introduced by new residences that threaten to overburden our already precarious amenities) are worth mentioning but I’m ambivalent about whether these issues are problems with the park or with the city in general.

  • Brixtony

    Thank you. I completely agree about the hotel and apartments, Although now that they’re almost finished there’re not quite as awful as they initially seemed to be, at least from the park angle. But as you point out, they are part of the massive over development of Brooklyn as well as a whole lot of other cities besides.

  • Teresa

    I agree. It’s fabulous. I love it, and the negative incidents are rare.

  • Arch Stanton

    Oh please, not those wankers…

  • Jeffrey Smith

    The above few statements are an example of clinical Insanity. The park was founded by first, a group of reality disconnected policy wonks some of who have Robert Moses as a hero/model!
    And second, a group of highly (lowly?) politically connected real estate operators who saw that a push for unacceptable and unreasonable development could be made possible if they used the making of a park as a cover. And it has so far worked. Why well because most of the real elite of the Heights has died off or to a greater extent fled, the gifted community who had deep insight have greatly declined and the place is now full of rain puddle deep yuppie types. If you reduce the safety and quality of the community the best most valuable people will simply continue to leave and a cancer like the park and it’s supporters are exactly what causes, well, bad people like bad money, drives good people like bad money out…