Park to Promenade
Entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge Park
Hello, and welcome to this VoiceMap walk. Let's make sure you're in the right spot. You should be at the most western end of Atlantic Avenue facing the entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park in the direction of the East River. The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is behind you and the Brooklyn Port Authority Marine Terminal is to your left.
My name is Sarah and I am a resident of Brooklyn. I have returned to this site many times because of my interest in the history of the areas near the Brooklyn Bridge, as well as my admiration for the beautiful landscape. The park is where I go for my daily run and contains some of my son’s favorite playgrounds. Today I am going to take you on a tour of the main walk of Brooklyn Bridge Park, through the Fulton Ferry Historic District, and onto the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade.
So let’s start walking. Go forward onto the garden-lined path to enter the park. Just keep going along the path while I tell you how this works.
VoiceMap uses your location to play commentary automatically. So, you can put your phone away and focus on your surroundings. Some silence during the walk is normal. If I stop talking, just continue walking. When you reach the next location you will hear my voice again.
Brooklyn Bridge Park was only recently developed. In the mid-nineteenth century, before the Brooklyn Bridge existed, the waterfront was lined with warehouses, piers, and ships carrying cargo throughout the world. During the mid-twentieth century the warehouses were razed for the construction of the expressway. Eventually ships began using ports in New Jersey. In 2008, the transformation of the waterfront into a public park began. It now extends North from this point to the Manhattan Bridge.