Field Trip (Reprise): Domino Park

Domino Park, Williamsburg BK
Clearly this can be a day trip, but I thought it was great at night. You can bike over, drink, and ferry or subway home.

By NYC Ferry: It’s a quick walk from the North Williamsburg stop (the South Williamsburg stop is temporarily closed). This is the East River route from Pier 11. The ferry leaves about every 20 minutes and it’s a 12-minute ride. So add in your walk to Wall Street + the half-mile walk to the park.
By bike: 25 minutes. This to me is the best way to go, since the Williamsburg Bridge bike path is the #1 bridge path in the city. I take East Broadway through Chinatown, left on Clinton and you’re there. We rode Citi Bikes; there’s a station at South 4th and Wythe, about a block and a half east of the park.
By subway: 40 minutes (A to the L to Bedford Ave.)

This is the original post on Domino, written when the park first opened three years ago. It’s a very comprehensive tour, and I won’t repeat it here.

This is the new part: there are now more food options on the perimeter of the park. Tacocina is still in the park, but now on River Street in the two new housing developments (One South First and 10 Grand) are Oddfellows Ice Cream, Two Hands and Other Half Brewery. Roberta’s opens today. (The photo above is by Brandon Harman.)

I would add in a trip to Artists & Fleas, especially if you are with teens, which is just a bit out of the way to the park on North 7th Street. There are now 45 vendors there. Open weekends only, from 11a to 6p.
There’s also a McNally Jackson bookstore on your way to Domino, but I am sad to say my #1 Williamsburg destination for vinyl and ping pong — Rough Trade — is now permanently closed at that location, but they promise they will reopen somewhere in the city this summer.

The landscape architecture firm that built Domino is also building Hudson River Park’s Gansevoort Peninsula. James Corner Field Operations is now designing the five-acre piece of land that juts into the river just south of 14th Street. See designs for that here.

Previous Field Trip posts:
• The Five Bridges
Lower Manhattan as Black History
The Empire State Trail
Anthony’s Nose in Cortlandt, NY
Croton Gorge Park
Rollerskating in Brooklyn Bridge Park
New Paltz, NY
The Seaport
Rockaway Beach
Astoria Park Pool
Bike into Fire Island
Beacon, NY
Riverside Park South
Long Island City
• Two Bridges
• Governors Island (Reprise)
• Storm King Art Center
• Red Hook
• Sunset Park
• Bay Ridge
• The Met Breuer
• ICP Museum
• Noguchi Museum & Socrates Sculpture Park
• The Fisher Landau Center for Art
• The High Bridge
• The Broad
• Crown Heights
• Spuyten Duyvil
• New York Botanical Garden
• Bed-Stuy
• The New Whitney Museum
• Bushwick-ish
• The Rockaways
• Greenpoint
• Wave Hill
• Governors Island
• F.D.R. Four Freedoms Park
• Litchfield County, Conn.
• One Wall Street
• Behind the Scenes at Grand Central Terminal
• The Howard/Crosby Microneighborhood
• Federal Reserve Bank of New York
• East River Ferry
• Museum of American Finance


1 Comment

  1. Really sad to hear that Rough trade closed. I hope they do reopen at another location. I visited last summer and it seemed people were shopping. Perhaps a lease issue or business was down just enough to make things hard to stay there