Seems every Brooklyn parent I know has been buzzing about the opening of Pier 6 in the fabulous Brooklyn Bridge Park — and I think almost every single one of them made it there this past weekend. We did, too, and here’s what we found. Plus a few tips on getting the most out of your visit.
What it is:
Pier 6 is the newest addition to Brooklyn Bridge Park, a sprawling expanse on the East River that includes Pier 1 (a promenade and small playground) and Empire-Fulton Ferry (currently closed for expansion, this area includes the warehouses that line Water Street — and it will eventually be the home of Jane’s Carousel, a restored beauty dating from 1922.)
Pier 6 adds 7 acres of new park and a 1.6 acre destination playground. The playground features swings for every age, meaning babies to young daredevils ready to swing out and up on giant rope swings. There are also super-tall slides — one in an impressive wooden tee-pee — that shoot into a vast sandbox. And an awesome (big!) water-play area, climbing structures, and a promenade with views of lower Manhattan.
Still to come: a concession area with roof deck, volleyball courts, and a dog run.
Where it is:
At the end of Atlantic Avenue, right on the water.
What we thought of the place:
Major, major hit! We’ll be back often this summer.
Tips on making the trip:
- It is a huge playground, but, as previously mentioned, every parent in Brooklyn is headed this way, so crowds could become an issue. If possible, visit during off-hours (ie: not Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm) to avoid having to scan for your kid in the masses. We went on a Friday afternoon and it was manageable — I hear the weekend was a madhouse. I think a late-afternoon trip with dinner after (more on that momentarily) would be perfect.
- There are beautiful city views and breezes from the water, but there isn’t really any shade — make sure to pack hats and sunscreen if you do go in the heat of the day.
- Try an early dinner at the new Mexican spot 5 Burro Cafe nearby on Columbia Street — the large outdoor area with shaded picnic tables looks perfect for family dining (we stopped to peek in). And there are margaritas.
See you there!
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