Lonely Planet Writer

New York's newest park will have spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline

From the makers of New York’s wildly popular High Line elevated park comes this latest piece of spectacular greenery for the Big Apple. Domino Park will be an eleven-acre riverside park featuring a new waterfront esplanade and sensational views of New York’s skyline and the Williamsburg Bridge.

People relaxing at an outdoor cafe in the park
Chill out at New York’s newest park Image by James Corner Field Operations

The park is set to be built on the site of the Domino Sugar Refinery – one of the city’s most familiar derelict sites and is due to open to the public in 2018.
James Corner Field Operations who are behind the plan said the park would be open by the summer of next year as part of a massive redevelopment in the area. Jed Walentas from the company explained: “weaving in industrial remnants of the factory, Domino Park will serve as a living, breathing reminder of the history of this storied neighbourhood.”

As part of the plan, they’ve preserved original crane tracks and over thirty industrial artefacts, and incorporated them all into the design. Twelve-metre tall tanks that used to collect syrup when the sugar was being refined will be kept, along with mooring bollards, bucket elevators, and various other relics of the factory. The piece de resistance will be the Artifact Walk, an elevated walkway that will cover five blocks in length and wind its way through cranes and catwalks from the site’s industrial past.

There will of course be the more expected standard park furniture including sports fields, lawns, gardens, and a play area for kids. The designers said they wanted to make sure locals and visitors had access to more of the waterfront in Williamsburg, which has in recent decades become one of New York’s most fashionable districts.
The view from the park is sure to be incredible all times of the day and night with many of the city’s main landmarks in view.