New York City Waterfalls

The New York City Waterfalls are on display in New York City from June 26th through October 13th 2008 the waterfalls will be on display along the East River and are best viewed at night. The waterfalls are 90-120ft tall and the tallest waterfall is almost the height of the Statue of Liberty.

The exhibition of four man-made waterfalls of monumental scale are on view on the shores of the New York waterfront: one on the Brooklyn anchorage of the Brooklyn Bridge; one on the Brooklyn Piers, between Piers 4 and 5 near the Brooklyn Heights Promenade; one in Lower Manhattan at Pier 35 north of the Manhattan Bridge; and one on the north shore of Governors Island. The Waterfalls, will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays and Thursdays, when they will run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Waterfalls will be lit after sunset.

A temporary park has been specially created on Pier 1, a site of the future Brooklyn Bridge Park, for viewing this project. The Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Public Art Fund, has created a bike route around the Waterfalls, which is marked by waterfall icons on the streets and existing bike paths.

New York City Waterfalls Locations:

Brooklyn Bridge on the Brooklyn Anchorage

Brooklyn Piers between piers 4 and 5 (west of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade)

Pier 35 in Manhattan adjacent to South Street at Rutgers Street (north of the Manhattan Bridge)

Governors Island on the north shore

Hours Daily 7 am - 10 pm, except Tuesdays and Thursdays when the hours are 9 am - 10 pm

How to Visit the Waterfalls:

Boat Tours All of the Waterfalls are visible from special 30-minute boat tours operated by Circle Line Downtown, which leave from Pier 16 at South Street Seaport daily between 9 am and 8:30 pm. For tickets and schedules, please visit The tours are specially priced and a limited number of free tickets are available by calling 866-9CLINE1 (1-866-925-4631).

Bike Routes Bike routes, organized by the NYC Department of Transportation in collaboration with Public Art Fund, are marked with a waterfall icon on the streets around the Waterfront in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The route begins at City Hall on Centre Street and ends at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. Bike route maps are available on

Suggested Vantage Points:

#1) Battery Park, Manhattan Located at the southern tip of Battery Park Subways: 4 or 5 to Bowling Green Station, walk one block west on Battery Place to Battery Park; R or W to Whitehall Street-South Ferry Station, walk one block west on State Street to Battery Park; 1 to South Ferry Station, walk southeast into Battery Park See Governors Island Waterfall

#2) Pier 11, Manhattan Located at South Street and Gouverneur Lane Subways: 2 or 3 to Wall Street Station, walk four blocks east on Wall Street to South Street; J, M, or Z to Broad Street Station, walk five blocks east on Wall Street to South Street See all four Waterfalls

#3) Piers 16 & 17 South Street Seaport, Manhattan Located at Fulton Street and South Street Subways: 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, Z or M to Fulton Street Station, walk six blocks east on Fulton Street to South Street See all four Waterfalls

#4) Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, Manhattan This section of the Greenway is located at South Street between the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge Subways: F to East Broadway Station, walk four blocks east on Rutgers Street to South Street and two blocks south; J, M, Z, 4, 5, or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall/Chambers Street-Brooklyn Bridge Station, walk east on Frankfort Street or Wagner Street along the Brooklyn Bridge to South Street, walk two blocks north on South Street See Waterfalls at Pier 35 (Manhattan), Brooklyn Bridge and Governors Island. See all four Waterfalls from various points along the southeast section of the Greenway

#5) Governors Island Directions: Governors Island is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until October 12th. (Friday: 10 am to 5 pm; Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am to 7 pm). Ferries: Free ferries leave from the Battery Maritime Building, at the corner of South Street and Whitehall Street. Ferry schedules vary by day; please visit See Waterfalls at Governors Island and Brooklyn Piers

#6) Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Brooklyn Located at the end of Montague Street, above the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Subways: 2 or 3 to Clark Street Station, walk three blocks south on Henry Street and three blocks west on Montague Street; M or R to Court Street Station, walk 5 blocks west on Montague Street; 4 or 5 to Borough Hall Station, walk two blocks north on Court Street, five blocks west on Montague Street; A, C, or F to Jay Street-Borough Hall Station, three blocks west on Willoughby Street, two blocks north on Court Street, and five blocks west on Montague Street to the Promenade See Waterfalls at Brooklyn Piers and Governors Island

#7) Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park Located at Furman Street, south of Old Fulton Street Subways: A or C to High Street Station, exit onto Cadman Plaza West/Old Fulton Street and walk west two blocks to Furman Street and then one block south to Doughty Street See all four Waterfalls

#8) Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park/Main Street Park Located at Main Street and Plymouth Street Subways: A or C to High Street Station, exit onto Cadman Plaza West/Old Fulton Street and walk west two blocks to Water Street and north one block on Water Street; F to York Street Station, walk two blocks north on Jay Street to Water Street and four blocks west to Main Street See Waterfalls at Brooklyn Bridge and Pier 35 (Manhattan)

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