New York City’s multi-functional waterfront Domino Park nears completion

A new multi-functional public space is due to open soon in north Brooklyn in New York City that will feature a stunning expanse of greenery and dynamic, mixed-use areas set against the Williamsburg waterside.

A rendering of Domino Park in New York City.
A rendering of Domino Park in New York City. Image by Aether

Designed by landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations and privately funded by Two Trees Management, Domino Park will feature a waterfront esplanade, six acres of parkland and improved connectivity to the waterfront. Scheduled to open this summer, it will be organised into three distinct areas, from the more active uses near the Williamsburg Bridge at the southernmost end of the site to more passive, relaxed uses at the northern end.

The project is broken up into a number of different recreational areas, including special places for dining. Image by Aether

Built on the site of a former sugar refining factory, the area will feature industrial artifacts interspersed throughout, with a dedicated historic walking route build on the 11-acre industrial site, allowing visitors to uncover the story of the New York sugar trade that occurred for over a century. A 1200-foot-long waterfront esplanade will provide one continuous track along the East River, with panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, while the recreation park area that stretches from South 2nd Street to Grand Street will include a Japanese pine garden, an 80 to 100-person picnic area, a food kiosk, a large sloping lawn and an urban beach with a flat shaded lawn area and chaise lounges.

The former Domino Sugar Factory is part of the large site. Image by Aether

A central gathering space will also be included, with a four-tiered seating area with river views, while dog run tracks, bocce courts, a volleyball court and a 6300-square foot flexible playing field for various sports will also be available to the public. Designed by SHoP Architects, the redeveloped Domino Sugar Factory is also a major part of the project, with the project including mixed-used community spaces, a 380,000-square foot office campus and residential buildings across the site.

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