The High Line and other Manhattan enclaves may get all the attention, but there’s a great park brewing in a more far-flung NYC location. With little fanfare, Bush Terminal Park, located between 43rd Street and 51st Street off First Avenue in Brooklyn, opened this past November. There was a modest ribbon cutting ceremony attended by about 50 Sunset Park residents, officials and nature advocates. Considering the timing of the event—occurring just as winter began to beckon—and the park’s countless delays throughout its planning—it’s been in the works for nearly a decade—perhaps it comes as little surprise as to why this new city green space received minimal attention upon its unveiling.
However, with the arrival of spring and the promise that more of the park’s waterfront landscape will become accessible to visitors in the coming months, it’s about time Brooklynites and those beyond the borough get excited about this emerging urban escape.
For the time being, there’s a single entrance into the park on 43rdStreet near First Avenue. The space currently offers a nature preserve, a bicycle path, two synthetic baseball and soccer fields that are open year-round, two saltwater tidal ponds and a natural habitat area, not to mention panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, with One World Trade prominently visible. Even with just half of the park’s land currently available to the public for toiling—11 more acres will be accessible in the coming months, doubling the space’s size—residents are happy to have a fresh recreation area certain to ease congestion at Sunset Park, the only other park nearby. People are already enjoying the sports fields, along with great bird-watching opportunities—several bald eagles and harbor seals have already been spotted by park-goers. Folks are also certainly happy to see the area reimagined and refinished for it was a drab brownfield site for the better part of four decades after the Bush Terminal piers closed in 1974.
When complete, the waterfront park will stretch farther out into Bay Ridge Channel for optimum observance of the two re-mediated tide pools and preserve areas, including a 20-foot-tall osprey platform. There will also be added viewing areas for the ball fields, a 1,200-square-foot comfort station, new pedestrian paths, and bicycle lanes.
For more information on this project, visit Parks Department’s official website here.
Written by" Rimma Doubinskaia