Aerial view of the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.


Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) and Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) bring to life the history of the waterfront through a unique partnership. The area that is today Brooklyn Bridge Park has been a site of bustling commerce, a transportation terminal, a refuge for immigrants, an artistic and activist center, and much more. To tell these stories, BBP and BHS have collaborated on a series of historical markers throughout the park. This accompanying website allows visitors to delve deeper, explore thematic tours, and examine some of BHS’s rich historical documents.

Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85‐acre sustainable waterfront park stretching 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River shoreline. BBP’s mission is to create and maintain a world class park that is a recreational, environmental, and cultural destination enjoyed by the residents of, and visitors to, New York City.

Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn’s extraordinary 400-year history. BHS offers cutting-edge exhibits, a world-renowned research library, and a roster of engaging and relevant public programs. A leader in museum education, BHS serves over 10,000 students and teachers a year at its landmark Brooklyn Heights building and at other partner sites around the city.

This project is made possible by generous support from Susan and Bill Rifkin; and Joanne Witty and Eugene Keilin.