• Pier 1
  • The 12th Annual Syfy Movies With A View series on Pier 1 Courtesy Etienne Frossard
  • Pier 6 Courtesy Etienne Frossard
  • Pilates with the Fitness Guru Courtesy Etienne Frossard

HR&A served as a strategic advisor to Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation (BBPDC) by guiding the development of the award-winning master plan.

The transition of 85 acres of vacant, post-industrial piers into active open space and development marks a reconnection of Brooklyn’s vibrant neighborhoods and Downtown with its waterfront. The park commenced construction in 2009 and over 15 acres are now open to the public at Piers 1 and 6 as well as in the DUMBO neighborhood. Planned development to support the Park includes residential, retail, hotel and parking. HR&A’s effort helped break a 20 year long log jam by identifying a funding strategy for this award winning public space. Michael Van Valkenbergh’s extraordinary design provides residents and visitors with one of the great parks of New York City.

HR&A led predevelopment planning for Brooklyn Bridge Park.

HR&A was retained to staff a new citizen-led organization commissioned to prepare a plan to develop one of the most dramatic sites in urban America. This successful effort combined skills in public facilitation, design management, financing and executive leadership. Specifically, HR&A:

  • Led a complex, multi-year stakeholder outreach process to the project’s numerous constituencies, including City, and State officials as well as diverse interest groups;
  • Created a funding plan that uses future, on-site development to sustain the Park’s operating costs;
  • Worked with the City and State to create a memorandum of understanding to provide capital funding; and
  • Procured and managed the BBPDC’s team of master planners, counsel, and other consultants.

HR&A Senior Principal Jamie Torres Springer served as Project Director for BBPDC from 2005 to 2006, during which time he helped to shepherd the project through a complex series of master plan approvals at the local and State levels.


  • Brooklyn Bridge Park won the Silver Medal for the 2011 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence.
  • The American Society of Landscape Architects recognized Brooklyn Bridge Park with an Honor Award in 2009.
  • In 2011, The Municipal Arts Society awarded the 23rd Brendan Gill Prize to Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates for the design of Brooklyn Bridge Park.