Whether you’re sightseeing, house-hunting, or bar-hopping, the neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights deserves your attention. But for some locals, it’s also their favorite place to take a pleasant stroll. The Brooklyn Bridge Park’s stretch of the Brooklyn Greenway is a walkable, bikeable path set away from the road and follows the borough’s waterfront. It’s a wonderful way to experience what Brooklyn has to offer.
Read on to learn about the must-see sights and attractions along the Greenway in Brooklyn Heights.
The green spaces
Open from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily, Brooklyn Bridge Park flanks the Greenway to the west, presenting visitors with verdant lawns, terraces, and gardens where they can kick back and enjoy a nice day. The Pier 3 Greenway Terrace is studded with benches and art installations, making it a particularly pleasant stop along the path. If you find yourself in need of a break while exploring the Greenway, just step into the park and get back to nature.
While you stroll, you’ll be treated to a stunning view of Lower Manhattan across the East River — stop by after dark to see the skyline in all its dazzling glory. One World Trade Center and the Brooklyn Bridge itself are just two of the noteworthy landmarks to watch out for. And don’t forget to look to the south for a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty.
The salt marsh at Pier 1
Located at the base of Pier 1, this tranquil area is actually an ecosystem unto itself, featuring patches of hardy, resilient Cordgrass in which ducks, oysters, and other local wildlife make their homes. Human visitors can observe from the nearby salvaged granite seating, reveling in the quiet of the marsh.
The recreation spaces at Pier 5 & 6
With its soccer fields and fishing area, Pier 5 is a hot spot for hobbyists and community sports teams. The nearby Picnic Peninsula offers seating and grills for anyone looking to barbecue , while Pier 6 to the south has its own beach volleyball courts. Go farther north to Pier 2 if you’re in the mood for handball or an outdoor workout, or to the Cliffs at DUMBO if rock climbing is more your thing. Whatever sort of recreator or weekend warrior you happen to be, you can get your fix along the Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway.
The bike paths
As mentioned above, the Greenway is exceedingly bikeable, thanks to its separation from Brooklyn’s bustling streets. Bring your own set of wheels or, if you’re a program member, grab a Citi Bike from one of several nearby stations. If you decide to take a detour into the park, make sure to dismount upon leaving the designated bike lanes and don’t bike on the park paths. You can find racks to lock up your bike throughout the park.
The delicious concessions
What would a long walk be without a satisfying snack break? Swing by the Fulton Ferry Landing to visit outposts for Luke’s Lobster and Ample Hills Creamery, two NYC-based culinary institutions. Grab a lobster roll, then enjoy a scoop of Ooey Gooey Butter Cake ice cream for dessert. Or, if you’re leaving to the south, Oddfellows Ice Cream Co. at Pier 5 and Fornino at Pier 6 should be your last two stops
If the Greenway along Brooklyn Bridge Park proves one thing, it’s that you can get in touch with the great outdoors while making the most of all the urban amenities that Brooklyn Heights has to offer. After all, why should you have to choose?