Henry Havemeyer is a big name in Brooklyn history. He and his family founded the famous Domino Sugar Refinery in Williamsburg that was and continues to be an iconic landmark for the neighborhood. After the refinery closed in 2004, the historic buildings sat mostly abandoned for over 10 years.
The first leg of a major re-development of this site, which is now owned by Two Trees, has just opened to the public. Domino Park is a gorgeous waterfront public space that was designed by James Corner Field Operations - the designers behind the High Line, where we lead a tour that discusses that re-development.
All the communities in Williamsburg and beyond have come out to enjoy the park. You'll see Hasidic children from the neighborhood playing in the fountain, hipsters waiting in line for tacos (from restaurateur Danny Meyer), and families gazing at the gorgeous views.
Domino Park is a 5-acre space with stunning views of Manhattan and a looming industrial building behind it that will soon be converted into residential space. But it's not just your typical park.
An Artifact Walk allows visitors to walk along an elevated catwalk that is from the factory's original warehouse get a unique perspective of the East River. The Playground brings to life elements of the original sugar refinery for kids to explore and experience. Kids and adults alike can frolic in the Fountain waterworks and be wowed by the Fog Bridge. And foodies can feast on the Mexican food at Tacocina.
This park is also not too far from where we begin our Brewed in Brooklyn tour, so it's a perfect place to come and enjoy the views before a tour.
These buildings have been sitting empty for a while and there has not really been a proper park in South Williamsburg. This brings the community out together and activates this old industrial site. The views are unbeatable and it's the newest piece of the ever-changing Brooklyn waterfront.
15 River Street
Brooklyn, New York 11249