I’m taking you to Brooklyn for a stroll at Squibb Park & Bridge! The park and bridge were closed for a long time for construction, and it was much needed! Now it’s a great access point to get to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Follow me!
History of Squibb Park & Bridge
Let’s start by saying that the park is named after Edward Robinson Squibb (1819-1900), one of the founders of modern medicinal chemistry and a pioneer in the pharmaceutical industry. He opened his laboratory not far from the entrance of the actual park in 1858.
The place’s main attraction is the bridge that connects Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 1 and Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The first bridge opened in March 2013, but due to some construction flaws, it was closed for two years, then reopened before being completely demolished. A new bridge was then built and reopened on May 4, 2020.
How is the park?
The park is relatively small. There is a multi-sport field at the entrance.
But as I said above, its main attraction is the bridge. It goes over Furman St with an unobstructed view of lower Manhattan.
At this street level, look to the back right to see one of the legs of the Brooklyn Bridge. It makes a perfect picture!
Then enjoy the walk, plus the bridge goes down in that direction, with the Financial District in front of you.
Turn your head to the left to see the Pier 1 and the Statue of Liberty!
At the end of the bridge, you arrive at Brooklyn Bridge Park and, more precisely, in one of its paths called Greenway. It’s a lovely park with the old Pier 1 where many people have their photo shoot with with us!
If you continue walking towards the East River, you will pass by the Harbor View Lawn, where New Yorkers like to meet for a picnic.
There’s also the Granite Project, a staircase with a great view of the ongoing art installations, and you guessed it, Manhattan!
What is the best way to discover the neighborhood?
During my last time I went to New York, I didn’t stay long enough. I wanted to take advantage of the reopening of the Squibb Bridge to make a rather pleasant walk:
– Metro line A or C with a stop at High Street, Cadman Plaza exit – Middagh St. I walked through the park and down Cranberry St., with some fabulous houses on the way.
– The entrance to Squibb Park is in Brooklyn Heights, and if you look at the horizon, you can see the Manhattan Bridge.
– A little further on the left, you can see large signs to indicate the entrance.
– Walk in and follow the path to the bridge. You will see that the view is nice from there.
– Then in Brooklyn Bridge Park, I went to the Old Pier 1,
– I then walked along the East River to Dumbo, passing Empire Stores, Jane Carrousel… I love this place to enjoy the view of Manhattan!
– I continued walking until Washington St, known for the poster of the movie Once Upon a Time in America. You can see the Empire State Building in the foot of the Manhattan Bridge.
– Then you have to walk up the whole street to the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge to access it through a narrow staircase. All that’s left to do is cross the bridge in the direction of Manhattan, enjoying the view once again.
I recommend this walk at the end of the afternoon, savouring an ice cream from Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and/or a burger from Shake Shack. Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge at night is a must, in my opinion!
Where is Squibb Park & Bridge?
It is located between the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood and Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Address: Middagh St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States
Take advantage of Squibb Park & Bridge’s reopening to have a nice walk in this Brooklyn neighborhood. You’ll find plenty of places to rest for a while, with always an incredible view of Manhattan! You cant’t miss it!