|View from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade|
The walk described here begins south at Montague Street and continues north toward the Brooklyn Bridge.
Or, so it would seem, especially for the morning. These days, due to the feverish building of the Brooklyn Bridge Park below, a lofty walk along the venerable promenade feels more at times like a visit to a construction site than a romantic stroll. It's also loud. But if you have a thing for the sights and sounds of tractors moving great mounds of earth, this is a spot for you. Some of these very same tractors are in the process of fashioning manmade hills along the park, ones designed to soften the sounds of the BQE (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway) from both the park and the promenade. Wait a year or two, and things should look prettier.
|View of Lower Manhattan from the promenade and a sign noting the Brooklyn Bridge Park below|
|Brooklyn Bridge Park under construction.|
Arriving at Pier 1, one of the park's three completed piers, the largest, and the only one built on landfill, it's time to step into the unfolding future of the re-conceptualized Brooklyn waterfront. The repurposing of great swaths of the riverfront, away from the manufacturing and shipping uses of the past and toward the recreational purposes of our post-industrial economy, constitutes a momentous shift in the city's modern history.