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PHOTOS: Transmitter Park Opens in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with Waterfront Views of the Manhattan Skyline
Posted By Yuka Yoneda On August 27, 2012 @ 1:55 pm In Architecture,Brooklyn,Green Space,Infrastructure,Urban Design | Comments Disabled
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.
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