BBP's New Berm

I've been a fan of the berm at Brooklyn Bridge Park, an earthwork that drowns out the sounds of the double-decker BQE, ever since visiting it and realizing just how well it worked. I wrote about the feature, part of Michael Van Valkenburgh's design for the park, back in 2014, the same time I snapped this photo:
Brooklyn Bridge Park

Last fall I was walking the Brooklyn Heights Esplanade when I noticed another berm, south of the existing one but winding instead of straight:
A photo posted by John Hill (@therealarchidose) on

Here is MVVA's better shot of the berm's construction:
A photo posted by MVVA ( on

Yesterday Curbed posted a rendering by MVVA of the berm and the rest of the Pier 5 uplands, which is located between Montague and Joralemon streets just across from One Brooklyn Bridge Park.

And here's how it compares to the construction as it was about four months ago:
A photo posted by MVVA ( on

Lastly, in case you were wondering about the two structures being built on either side of the berm, they are the park's maintenance & operations building:

And boathouse, both designed by ARO:

According to the Brooklyn Bridge Park website, this new section of the park will open later this year.


  1. Not sure why NYC Dept. of Parks needed MVVA or ARO for these uninspired designs.


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