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East River State Park

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90 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211 40.723992 -73.957851
nr. 13th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
347-297-9470 Send to Phone

Photo by M.P. Foss

Official Website


Daily, 10am-Dusk

Nearby Subway Stops

L at Bedford Ave.


This seven-acre stretch of Williamsburg waterfront was once Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal, a port for borough industries in the early twentieth century. The terminal closed in 1985, and in 2001, the state purchased the two-block area and turned it into the charming, semi-industrial park it is today. The grassy areas are ideal for kite-flying, picnics, and hipster courtship. A narrow, rocky beachfront area leads into the river, where, in the summer months, one can spot many a RayBan-clad twentysomething. And a large concrete area in the center of the park hosts Williamsburg-friendly activities such as adult dodgeball games and the displaced McCarren Park Pool Parties (in summer 2009). Because it’s a state rather than city park, there are lots of rules regarding booze, bikes, and dogs, but the expansive waterfront views—from the Williamsburg Bridge to the Empire State Building and beyond—make it all worthwhile. Condos mark the southern edge of the park, but the old is mixed in with the new: Historic remnants like cobblestones streets, bits of the old rail yard (now covered in native meadow plants), and a dilapidated dock survived development.