Developing Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park


Brooklyn Bridge Park


Brooklyn, NY


Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation

AKRF is providing a range of environmental planning, engineering, and permitting services for the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, a spectacular 85-acre park along Brooklyn's East River waterfront.

Currently in the midst of a decade-long development period, more than half of the park’s features are already open to the public, including improved access to the water’s edge, public recreation, and extraordinary views.

AKRF was the lead firm in preparing the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in accordance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA).

The EIS addressed issues such as:

  • The effect of the park’s in-water construction activities on the East River habitat
  • New demands generated by the park on the surrounding traffic and transit network
  • Noise impacts to sensitive receptors both in and near the park
  • Potential impacts to the area’s numerous historic districts and landmarks
  • Air quality
  • Hazardous materials from earlier on-site industrial uses

Since completion of the Final EIS in 2005, AKRF has provided various ongoing services to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, including evaluation of project modifications, successfully obtaining all required permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for in-water and shoreline construction, stormwater management, testing and remediation of hazardous materials, and investigation and documentation of archaeological and architectural resources in conformance with the New York State Historic Preservation Office requirements.

AKRF has also helped develop mitigation measures to alleviate and/or reduce adverse effects to water quality and natural resources.

Waterfront Revitalization Overview