New Waterfront Spaces Open in New York City

July saw the debut of Brooklyn’s Shirley Chisholm State Park, named in honor of a local politician who became the first African American woman elected to Congress in 1968.

Taking a late afternoon jog at Hunter’s Point South Park.

New York City is getting greener thanks to a trio of recently opened waterfront spaces. July saw the debut of Brooklyn’s Shirley Chisholm State Park, named in honor of a local politician who became the first African American woman elected to Congress in 1968.

The recreational spot takes up two former landfills fronting Jamaica Bay, and features 16 kilometers of hiking and biking trails that wind through wildflower meadows and native grassland. Over in Williamsburg, the derelict grounds of a former riverside sugar factory have been transformed into Domino Park. James Corner Field Operations, the landscape design firm behind the High Line, retained factory machinery and gantry cranes, contrasting the artifacts with swamp white oaks and wooden sun loungers.

Just as intriguing is Hunter’s Point South Park at Queens’ Long Island City, which features a promenade raised above low-lying wetlands and an accessible tree-filled peninsula that becomes an island at high tide. Don’t miss the cantilevered viewing platform looking out across the East River to Midtown Manhattan.

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2019 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Park Life”).

 

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