It's been a looooong time coming for eager Greenpointers, but Transmitter Park is finally open! The former WNYC radio station has been reborn as "the first new significant open space on the Greenpoint waterfront," and residents of the Brooklyn neighborhood came out in droves yesterday to enjoy the brand new space overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Hoping to visit Transmitter Park for yourself? Step inside our gallery to see the park's best features - from bushes of succulent-looking wild berries (anyone know if these are edible?) to a placid overlook and connecting bridge and splashy water playground for the kids.
Transmitter Park broke ground in 2010 and since then, Greenpoint residents have been eagerly awaiting its completion. The 1.6 acre park sits on the site of a historic radio station and ferry terminal that had over time broken down into “a wide swath of decaying industrial sites contrasting with dramatic views of the Manhattan skyline.” Recognizing the land’s potential and the value it could bring to the waterfront area on the East River, the city commissioned AECOM to design a useful green space for the overlooked plot.
The new park is located at the end of Kent Street and brings many attractions to the area. Visitors will be greeted by a wide open esplanade and field of grass from which to enjoy excellent views of Manhattan as well as a new pier (still under construction) that will let people get even more up-close-and-personal with the East River. When complete, the pier will also feature pods and connecting bridges, a fishing station and a shade structure.
One of the park’s other unique features is its mini pedestrian bridge which crosses an excavated historic ferry slip restored as a wetland. While adults are enjoying the city views, children can chase the garden’s many butterflies or romp around in the sand and water play area. While it’s not open yet, the former WNYC Transmitter radio building is anticipated to be converted into a waterfront café so that people can also grab a quick bite to eat and picnic on the lawn with.
We’re excited to see the new Transmitter Park bringing a fresh new outdoor space to a neighborhood that was desperately in need of one. Stay tuned for our coverage of the construction of the pier and possible café.