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A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park
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A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park: How a Community Reclaimed and Transformed New York City's Waterfront

Nancy Webster and David Shirley


By the 1970s, the Brooklyn piers had become a wasteland on the New York City waterfront. Today, they have been transformed into a stunning park that is enjoyed by countless Brooklynites and visitors from across New York City and around the world. A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park recounts the grassroots, multivoiced, and contentious effort, beginning in the 1980s, to transform Brooklyn’s defunct piers into a beautiful, urban oasis. The movement to resist commercial development on the piers reveals how concerned citizens came together to shape the future of their community. After winning a num ... More

Keywords: Brooklyn, Parks, Waterfront, public-private partnerships, piers, Port Authority, Development, Brooklyn Heights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231171229
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231171229.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy Webster, author
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

David Shirley, author