New signs in Brooklyn Bridge Park reveal park’s history

Markers To Be Unveiled May 28

May 27, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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On Wednesday at noon, Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myer and Brooklyn Historical Society President Deborah Schwartz, along with elected officials and community members, will unveil a series of signs and markers throughout Brooklyn Bridge Park that tell the history of the Brooklyn waterfront and highlight the ecological and sustainable features of the park.

The piers that are now Brooklyn Bridge Park have a long history as a site of bustling commerce, a transportation terminal, an entry point for immigrants, an artistic and activist center and finally, a world-class park visited by millions of tourists and New Yorkers every year. To tell these stories and elucidate the unique design, signs and markers embedded in the ground (“footnotes”) have been installed in various locations throughout the park from Pier 1 to Pier 6. Each sign and footnote references a little-known historical fact tied to the specific location, tells the story of the ecology present, or points out sustainable features used to build the beloved park.  

To further enhance the visitor experience, an accompanying website — brooklynwaterfronthistory.org — delves deeper into the history, ecology and sustainability of the park, and is meant to serve as a walking companion for mobile device users.

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The event will begin at noon at the Pier 1 entrance at Old Fulton and Furman streets.  

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