The Friends of WNYC Transmitter Park

Friends of WNYC Transmitter Park (FWTP) is a volunteer group dedicated to making WNYC Transmitter Park a cleaner, greener and safer center of community life for the residents of Greenpoint

Founded in December 2016, our core group of volunteer park sewards is made up of Greenpointers who want to create and maintain a sense of community with WNYC Transmitter Park at the heart of it. While we seek to make improvements to the park, increase programming in the park and maintain it for future generations, our highest purpose is building community. Please join us. Together we make a difference. 

 

The Park

WNYC Transmitter Park is a 1.6-acre waterfront destination park located along the East River in Greenpoint, Brooklyn where Greenpoint Avenue terminates at the river. The park opened in 2012 after a two-year, $12 million redevelopment project. The park offers natural wetland landscaping, nautically-themed children’s play area, a pedestrian bridge and a pier with stunning views of Manhattan. The park offers places for fishing, play and active recreation.

 

Plan Your Visit

Arrive

Subway: G to Greenpoint

Ferry: East River Ferry to India Street Pier

 

Activities

  • Fishing
  • Playground with spray shower
  • Lawn and benches for passive recreation
  • Butterfly garden

 

History 

Ferry Slip

Greenpoint became a thriving community in the 1850s. Ferry service began to shuttle passengers across the East River from the current site of the park to 10th, 14th and 23rd Streets in Manhattan. The pedestrian bridge in the park crosses over an excavated ferry slip. Following the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883 and subsequent bridges and tunnels, ferry use began to decline and was eventually eliminated. By the 1930s, the unused Greenpoint ferry slip –surrounded by low-scale buildings that would not create transmission interference – was ideal for transmission of WNYC’s programming.

 

WNYC Transmitter

WNYC radio station, the “voice of New York City,” was founded in 1924. Programming was broadcast through a transmitter located on the 25th floor of the Municipal Building in downtown Manhattan. The construction of skyscrapers throughout lower Manhattan in the 1920s and 1930s created interference for WNYC’s transmission signal. For over 50 years, WNYC transmitted from what is now the park. The property include a building with simple Art Deco detailing and two four-legged galvanized steel structures that rose 304 feet in the air – Greenpoint’svery own Eiffel Towers! The transmitter was used until 1990, when the station began broadcasting from the Meadowlands in New Jersey. The two towers were torn down several years later, but the small one-story building remains. There is still a stone plaque that reads “Transmitter House of Radio Station WNYC, Constructed 1936.”

 

Fiscal Sponsorship       

Friends of WNYC Transmitter Park (FWTP) is fiscally sponsored by Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA). For more information about OSA, please visit www.osanb.org.