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Fulton Ferry Landing►
Brooklyn Bridge Park sits on the Brooklyn side of the East River in New York City between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. This land has seen a lot of American history. The park includes the historic Fulton Ferry Landing and warehouse buildings from the 1800s.
The first ferry landing was founded here in 1642. George Washington’s Continental Army outran the British during the Battle of Long Island in 1776 by using the landing to cross into Manhattan. In the early 1800s, Robert Fulton established the first steamboat ferry landing on the site.
The Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883. The Manhattan Bridge followed in 1909. These two bridges made the ferry service obsolete and the landing closed in 1924.
The DUMBO Years►
In the 1970s, locals started calling the neighborhood DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.) The Port Authority closed the port in 1984 and tried to sell the piers to a commercial developer. The Friends of Fulton Ferry Landing successfully petitioned the state to build a park instead. DUMBO was added the National Register of Historic Places in 2000 as a historic district.
Brooklyn Bridge Park’s first section opened in 2010. Jane’s Carousel, an antique wooden merry-go-round from 1922, opened in its glass enclosure in 2011. A benefactor purchased the carousel at auction and donated it to the city. I visited the area with a photography group in 2016. We watched the sun rise over the park from the Manhattan Bridge.
At that time, the park was still under construction and there was a question of funding for the remaining phases. From our perch above the river, we marveled as the sky turned hues of pink and orange. We snapped numerous photos before heading back across the river to see the new Oculus station.
Location: 2000 Old Dock St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Designation: City Park, NRHP
Date established/designated: 2010, NRHP September 22, 2000
Date of my visit: March 18, 2016