Meet the Woman Planning an Underwater Highline in Brooklyn
It took two years, 300 tons of concrete, and 17 billion euros ($20 billion) — but the Brooklyn Bridge Park Highline is finally complete.
For anyone who ever wondered where the Brooklyn Bridge Park Highline might end up, or what it might look like, it’s pretty much exactly as it was planned to be. There are three lanes of traffic, but there’s still some traffic coming the other way on the adjacent East River Bridge that crosses the river from Manhattan, the Brooklyn side, into a small park on the Manhattan side.
But now some of that traffic is being diverted to make progress on the highline. And for the next two and a half years, the traffic will move faster on the East River Bridge than the Brooklyn Bridge. Now, it’ll be a little bit easier to cross the East River and walk underneath the Brooklyn Bridge Park Highline.
The highline is just one leg of the Brooklyn Riverwalk, which stretches over the East River from Atlantic Avenue to the Verrazano Bridge. It’s a 22-mile waterfront that connects the East River through Brooklyn to Red Hook and beyond to Queens and Staten Island.
‘The most important piece of infrastructure in New York City’
There are plenty of people that enjoy the Brooklyn Riverwalk’s waterfront and its many attractions and fun things to do, like the Highline. That’s why it’s also important for the city to keep it from becoming a car-centric superhighway and leaving the Brooklyn Riverwalk as a destination itself.
Now, for the time being, the highline has been completed, with traffic moving on the adjacent East River Bridge. But for the time being that’s the only traffic being diverted to make progress on the highline.
“This is the most important piece of infrastructure