Brooklyn Bridge Park’s new bridge is a shortcut with big views

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Brooklyn’s got a brand new bridge.

The long-awaited Squibb Park Bridge opened Thursday, offering pedestrians a 450-foot, zig-zagging shortcut from Brooklyn Heights to Brooklyn Bridge Park — along with some of the borough’s best views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and the substantially larger Brooklyn Bridge.

The eight-foot wide, $4.9-million pedestrian path crosses the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway and Furman Street and descends 50 feet from Squibb Park on Columbia Heights onto Pier 1 in the 85-acre green space below, following a course that resembles the Greek letter sigma.

“The views are tremendous,” said Brooklyn Heights resident Susan Lane as she made her first stroll across the pathway. “I love the way it meanders. It’s not just a straight pathway — it’s really nicely designed.”

The locust wood and galvanized steel bridge, which was funded primarily by Borough President Markowitz and members of the City Council, looks and feels less like Roebling’s great span and more like a hiking bridge in the Catskills — and that’s the point.

“The Squibb Park Bridge design makes use of trail bridge technology,” reads a sign at the entrance of bridge. “It is built with cable and wood, much like hundreds of trail bridges in our state and national parks. Since it is designed to be lightweight and flexible, the bridge will bounce as you walk over it.”

A reporter for The Brooklyn Paper determined that the bridge, designed by structural engineer and MacArthur “genius” Ted Zoli, is in fact springy, especially when runners dart by.

But bikers beware: cycling on the bridge is not permitted on the pathway.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at
Updated 10:09 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Jimmy from PH says:
Wow. This is a very nice result! I can't say that I've ever seen a trail bridge this fancy, but this should be nicer than a trail bridge.
March 25, 2013, 8:30 am
Mom from Clinton Hill says:
$5 mil for a bridge. If you can believe that, I've got a school I want to sell you. It's really nice too.
March 25, 2013, 8:24 pm
Bb from Dumbo says:
Thanks mom, for proving yet again that no matter how positive an occurrence is that is reported, there's always some sad knucklehead around to knock it. Apparently there's not one thing of progress, be it a bridge, building, or store opening, that some troll doesn't portend to be a net negative for New York. Keep up the good work!
March 25, 2013, 8:59 pm
o3 from bk says:
needs moar bike lanes...and artisanal art !
March 26, 2013, 6:58 am
Perris Bueller from Some hole in Community Board 2 says:
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy might want to hold it's next spring fling here
March 27, 2013, 1:12 am
pretty park from healthy communities need hospitals says:
don't get hurt out there because if you people in that neighborhood don't make a bigger ruckus to save the only hospital in that area, it will be a long ride to the next hospital & an even longer wait in its already overburdened emergency room
March 27, 2013, 10:10 pm
Nick Olivari from Brooklyn Heights says:
It's fabulous. Really nice design, well thought out and well situated given other structures on both sides of the BQE. And a much better utilization of that previously under-utilized park/playground.
March 28, 2013, 8:54 am
new plots in mahabaleshwar says:
Its a fantastic piece of work,very nice design it is. The structure of the bridge is also good.
April 3, 2013, 12:21 am

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