Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Emily Roebling Plaza Takes Shape in DUMBO, Brooklyn

The Emily Roebling Plaza, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Work is taking shape on the $8 million Emily Roebling Plaza underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The final component of the 1.3-mile-long Brooklyn Bridge Park complex designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., the plaza honors Emily Roebling, who supervised the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge and became the first person to cross it in a horse-drawn carriage after its opening on May 24, 1883. The 2-acre park, located right off of Water Street near the DUMBO Brooklyn Bridge Park ferry terminal, broke ground amid a snowstorm on December 9, 2020. Attending and speaking at the ceremony were Kriss Roebling, Emily’s great-great grandson, along with his wife Meg Roebling and their two children Chase and August Roebling.

Photographs taken over this past spring and in recent weeks show the progress on the grounds. Concrete pavers are currently in the process of being laid, while mounds of dirt are being formed for the trees, garden beds, and landscaping. Pipes for the irrigation systems appear to also be present. Adjacent to the Emily Roebling Plaza is the Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn that is undergoing a renovation, and a substantial amount of new sod has been put into place. Further work includes the installation of park benches and over 100 protective bollards stretching from Old Fulton Street and Furman Street to Water Street and New Dock Street.

The Emily Roebling Plaza and Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn. Photo by Michael Young

The Emily Roebling Plaza and Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn. Photo by Michael Young

The Emily Roebling Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

The Emily Roebling Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

The Emily Roebling Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

The Emily Roebling Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

The Emily Roebling Plaza. Photo by Michael Young

The Emily Roebling Plaza, Photo by Michael Young

The Emily Roebling Plaza seen from Olympia. Photo by Michael Young

The Emily Roebling Plaza and Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn in mid-April. Photo by Michael Young

The Emily Roebling Plaza and Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn in mid-April. Photo by Michael Young

Below is a plan for park and lawn. The concrete pavers will lie directly underneath the roadways of the Brooklyn Bridge, while multiple plant beds of various shapes, a family garden, and grassy lawns surround the area.

The Emily Roebling Plaza, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Work on the Emily Roebling Plaza is expected to be finished between this fall and winter, as noted on the construction fence.

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8 Comments on "Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Emily Roebling Plaza Takes Shape in DUMBO, Brooklyn"

  1. David : Sent From Heaven. | August 7, 2021 at 9:31 am | Reply

    Let me be known you love being there, and there are not stand-alone homes; basic development on this category: Thanks to Michael Young.

  2. David in Bushwick | August 7, 2021 at 10:19 am | Reply

    Brooklyn Bridge Park is turning out to be one of the best waterfront parks in NYC.

  3. I wanna see those giant ass waterfalls again like they had under the bridge.

  4. Great that Emily Roebling’s work is being recognized..and a quick nod to her husband Washington Roebling, and his father John would be great, that amazing story is still unknown for too many people.

  5. Deatrice Muller | August 10, 2021 at 8:44 am | Reply

    I would an application as soon as possible. Am look to move ASAP.

  6. Georgette Davis | August 13, 2021 at 9:12 pm | Reply

    Why are ya calling these listing affordable, there are not affordable

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