Brooklyn Bridge Park, Harborview Café

The Harborview Café, located at Pier 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park, is a complete repurposing and renovation of an existing 7200sf two-story concrete mechanical building to a community park. The Cafés location at the park’s south entry is integrated with playgrounds, landscapes, and water play area, making it a popular destination with families in warm months. The building serves as an information center as well as indoor and outdoor café featuring a number of popular NYC food vendors.

The core of the existing structure remains. As modified, it has expansive river views of lower Manhattan and an eating area that flows out of two large overhead doors into the new pier landscape. The upper level has been transformed into an observation deck and summer food destination, with unparalleled views of the full length of the 1.3 mile park, Brooklyn Bridge and the New York City skyline. Access to the roof deck is provided by a wide ramp that wraps around three sides of the building and is veiled by a densely-spaced timber wood screen salvaged and re-used from buildings that were demolished on the site.

As part of an 85-acre visionary parkland project by Michael Van Valkenburg Associates along the East River, the Harborview Café project is the result of a collaborative design approach to create an interwoven experience between the park and built forms. A series of diaphanous, unfolding spaces reveal and gesture to the bridge, landforms, water, light, and the city beyond.

Services provided included visioning, site study, programming, master planning, concept design, schematic design, construction documentation and construction administration.

Brooklyn, New York

Architect of Record:
Maryann Thompson Architects (MTA)

Evan’s role:
Project Designer/Manager at MTA

Date completed:

3600 sq ft interior, 3600 sq ft roof deck

2011 American Institute of Architects New York Urban Design Honor Award, Brooklyn Bridge Park

International Architizer A+ Award

Chuck Choi Architectural Photography