Empire–Fulton Ferry Park is located in Brooklyn, and extends north and south of the Brooklyn Bridge. To the southwest of the park is Fulton Ferry Landing, a large pier and a popular site for photography in New York City. The northern part of the park offers a lawn with picnic tables and a boardwalk with views of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge and Lower Manhattan.
Empire–Fulton Ferry Park has been incorporated into Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is operated by an agency of the City of New York, and extends the recreational waterfront area on the East River north and south of the Fulton Ferry Park. The northern part of the park contains two historic buildings: the Empire Stores buildings and the roofless former Tobacco Warehouse. The Empire Stores are a group of former dry goods storage warehouses from 1869 that are currently unused. The Tobacco Warehouse serves as an outdoor entertainment area. After reconstruction the western part of the park opened in late summer 2011 with new park plantings, improved lighting, and a restored 1922 carousel. Plans call for rehabilitation of the site as part of the future Brooklyn Bridge Park, containing a mix of commercial, retail, and office uses.