This December 7 is the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, the exquisite public walkway with breathtaking views of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan.
As it turns out, the Promenade is singular, not only in the panorama it provides, but in its engineering. It is cantilevered over a busy motorway — the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Finding out how exactly this unique structure came to be has been a pet research project of Henrik Krogius, longtime editor of the Brooklyn Heights Press & Cobble Hill News, a sister publication of the Brooklyn Eagle.
His research, conducted over the course of decades, has been compiled into a book due to be released this week (The Brooklyn Heights Promenade, 108 pages, The History Press), just in time for the anniversary. For a thorough recap of Krogius's findings, read Caitlin McNamara's story in the Eagle.
The book is filled with photos of the beloved walkway taken by Krogius over the years (he has lived in the neighborhood since before the Promenade even opened in 1951).
Krogius originally wanted to write a book about structures that were similar to the Promenade from around the world, but he wasn't able to find any. It's a true one-of-a-kind, he says.