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3 New York, NY: Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn’s transformation from a dense working-class neighborhood tightly bounded by waterfront industry to an even denser but attractive residential enclave mirrors physical and economic changes that have occurred in other U.S. cities. Colossal facilities to load and unload cargo have been gradually replaced with commercial buildings, upscale residential complexes and parks as the processes for commercial shipping and containerization have evolved and moved off-site. That evolution is particularly pronounced in New York City, where the land/water interface has been radically altered by an inviting 85-acre public park-a park that resides largely on piers once used for an industry that prohibited public access.