Brooklyn Bridge Park


Photo Spot Summary

Country: United States

Category: Cityscape

State: New York

City: New York

GPS Latitude: 40.700794

GPS Longitude: -73.996841


This spot is located in the Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, New York. You can get access here by taking any number of subways to this area, popularly called DUMBO - the F train to York St, the A or C trains to High St or the 2 and 3 trains to Clark St. You can get here via the East River Ferry from Manhattan or other parts of Brooklyn. Of course you can drive and bike here too.

Photo Spot Details

This area is quite popular in general and is (unfortunately or fortunately) a bit of a tourist trap. On the weekends, the crowds can be a bit overwhelming. The neighbouring Smorgasburg food fair rings a ton of people here in the summers. As a photo spot, it is quite popular with such a great view of lower Manhattan and the two iconic bridges- the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge – side by side. This particular spot can be reached by walking toward the end of the main promenade and cutting back in to where you can see the raised stumps of the old pier. The geometry of the wooden stumps makes it a great foreground element against the backdrop of the city.

I have mostly shot this in the evening time. The light is quite nice in the evenings, especially in the late Fall or winter time when the sun drops to the far right of the frame. It can be quite impressive especially when the lights switch on in the Manhattan skyline.

Photography Tips

  1. This location has become quite popular in recent times though and in the summers, it can get annoying finding a spot. The colder months are more spectacular in my opinion and the cold keeps away all but the most determined photographers.
  2. The symmetry of the wooden stumps makes for some interesting photography compositions.
  3. The wider, the more impressive. I needed 16mm for this photograph.
  4. There is a small window of time between the lighting up of Manhattan and the street lights in the park in the evenings. Try to shoot in this window because the streetlights will pollute the image with the dirty green color balance of the fluorescent lights.

Reader Interactions


  1. Brian Wolff
    May 24, 2019 at 1:53 am

    H I – We are travelling to New York in July 19 and love the photo of the piles which we are hoping to capture, plus the Brooklyn Bridge at night.
    Is it possible to tell me the settings you used for the shot of the piles and did you use an ND filler to flatten out the water.

    Many thanks

  2. Kamal
    August 1, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    I’ve been looking for this specific site. Thanks so much for the info.

  3. Rob Steffens
    June 2, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I’m looking to photograph my custom car where would be the best spot to park & get pics?

  4. Tri Mulyanto
    July 18, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Great Shot. I’m going there this afternoon came from long way Australia. Thanks for the tip.

  5. mike bradley
    March 1, 2016 at 10:46 am


  6. David Long
    January 17, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks for the info. I love your site as there are very few that provide information on how to get to specific sites. Thanks

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