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A Visitor's Guide to East River State Park

Concerts, Flea Markets, East River Ferry, and More

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A Visitor's Guide to East River State Park

view of the manhattan skyline

Jessica Ferri

East River State Park is located on the Brooklyn side of the East River in Williamsburg. Once just a park for lounging and taking in stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, now the East River State Park features free concerts, ticketed events, The Brooklyn Flea, Smorgasburg and Northside Piers Park right next door.  

1. Why Visit East River Park

  • Free Shows
  • Ticketed Concerts
  • Great Views of the Manhattan
  • Brooklyn Flea
  • Smorgasburg
  • Northside Piers
  • Picnic and Barbecue Area

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What you can see from the East River State Park

  • The Empire State Building
  • The Chrysler Building
  • The New York Times Building
  • The Bank of America Headquarters
  • The Freedom Tower Construction
  • Boats and ferries on the river
  • Occasional barges
  • The Manhattan Bridge
  • The Brooklyn Bridge

3. Getting Around

Address: 90 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn  

Telephone: (718) 782-2731 

Website: http://www.nysparks.com/parks/155/details.aspx 

Directions: To get to East River State Park, take the L train to Bedford Avenue, and walk towards the river to Berry Street. Pass Berry Street, Wythe Avenue, and Kent Avenue. You'll find the entrance to the Park on Kent Avenue between N. 9th Street and N.10th Street. (See Map)  

Visiting hours: 9:00 a.m. until dusk. 

4. The Flea Grounds  

Directly next door to East River State Park on Saturdays you'll find Smorgasburg, Williamsburg's food market, and on Sundays the Brooklyn Flea.

5. The East River Ferry  

In order to board the East River Ferry, which makes stops in Brooklyn as well as Manhattan, exit the East River State Park and enter the Brooklyn Flea grounds directly next door. You will see a pier with a loading dock for the Ferry and a sign listing all the pick up and drop off times for the day. A one-way ticket costs $4. Monthly passes are available. The Ferry is fantastic way to see more of Brooklyn and Manhattan - highly recommended for tourists.  

6. Where to Eat Nearby 

  • Mole - a fantastic TexMex restaurant with great margaritas
  • Miranda - an Italian/Latin American fusion restaurant
  • Egg - delicious Southern cooking  

7. Where to Find Bars Nearby

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