The waterfront in Brooklyn is important to the New York City economy. Boats constantly cruise through the Narrows, picking up and dropping off goods. However, the widespread loss of manufacturing jobs was not just an epidemic that hit middle America - the change affected parts of New York City as well. New York City, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, lost more than two-thirds of its manufacturing jobs during the final decades of the 20th century. This left many stretches of the New York waterfront abandoned. In the industrial part of Sunset Park in particular, it is still common to see disused buildings and cracked piers by the shore.
This is why it may be surprising to discover that Bush Terminal Piers Park exists - an 11 acre green space tucked into the industrial section of Sunset Park in Brooklyn.
The park, which opened to the public in November 2014, features gentle hills, a bike path, baseball and soccer fields, and piers that lead to the water and give a view of Manhattan. Along your way to trying to find the site, which is past a gate down 43rd Street, you will see cobblestones and old tracks among the activity in the nearby factories.