Selected as one of the best Best Parks In Brooklyn, Domino Park is a public park in Williamsburg; along the East River. The Park was constructed on the site of the former Domino Sugar Refinery.
The Park has a playground for children, an elevated walkway, a volleyball court, a taco shop, some artifacts, and a few other attractions.
The park organizes events like creative movement classes, morning meditation, community paintings, etc., that are free for all to attend.
Domino Park was designed with sustainable practices like composting, rainwater harvesting, and planting strategies for a healthy landscape.
You can enter the park from Kent Avenue at South 5th Street, South 3rd Street, or Grand Street.
Why Replace the Old Refinery?
The Domino Sugar refinery worked for 150 years until 2004. The refinery was a crucial part of the development of the Williamsburg neighborhood as it created thousands of jobs for those who lived nearby.
At some point, the factory even refined most of America’s sugar. After many changes in management, production quality, and labor treatment, the refinery shut down.
The factory stayed dormant for many years until Two Trees Management acquired the land. Two Trees Management rolled out plans to redevelop the site and better serve the community’s needs.
One of those plans was for a five-acre park that connects the community to the waterfront. That Park is now known as Domino Park.
You can still find over 30 salvaged artifacts from the sugar refining process at Domino Park. Some of the artifacts are:
Domino Park Attractions
The Elevated Walkway
The walkway runs for most of the length of the park. It starts from the Gantry Cranes at the north end of the park, to the platform above the park’s main restaurant.
The walkway is a nod to the old refinery as it resembles much of the refinery’s interior. The walkway has a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline.
Pro Tip: The walkway is the perfect spot for a romantic stroll at sunset.
Domino Park Playground
The Domino Park Playground was designed by Mark Reigelman, to mirror the processes used in refining sugar. The playground incorporates some materials from the old refinery.
The playground features slides, a cabin, and climbing tunnels. The kids enter as “raw sugar cane” and emerge as “sugar cubes”.
Domino Park’s Tide Flowers on the East River
You can find Tide Flowers installed by Stacy Levy at the southern end of Domino Park.
The Tide Flowers at Domino Park track the rising and falling tides on the East River. The petals open up at high tide and close up as the tide recedes.
Other attractions at Domino Park are:
Domino Park’s Tacocina
Tacocina is the main restaurant in Domino Park. It is a taco shop from Union Square Hospitality Group. The Taco shop offers counter service and outdoor seating on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tacocina is closed on Mondays but opens on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm, and on Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm.
Some items from their menu include:
Chips and Salsa
Monterey and Cotija Taco
Mushroom and Cheese Tacos (Vegetarian option)
Pork and Pineapple Tacos
Churros and Caramel
The taco stand also sells Cocktails, Soda, Beer, bottled water, and Wine.
Some Park Rules
- Disorderly conduct and inappropriate behavior are not allowed in any part of the park.
- Commercial activities or performances are not allowed without a Domino Park permit.
- Smoking and Drug use are not allowed.
- Alcohol and furniture from outside Domino Park are not allowed.
- Climbing any historical artifact or structure outside of the children’s playground is not allowed.
- Picking flowers or entering plant beds is prohibited.
- You can only unleash your dog at the dog run.
- Fishing or abusing wildlife is not allowed.
- You are required to monitor and pick up after your dog every time. Aggressive dogs will not be allowed to stay.
- Reach out to staff members to borrow volleyball or bocce equipment.
- The volleyball and Bocce courts have one-hour limits (if others are waiting to play).
- Misusing any of the equipment or courts will not be tolerated.
Hosting an Event at Domino Park
You can host an event at Domino Park if you meet the requirements.
Events get chosen for their ability to support the Domino Park Conservancy and public programming.
Domino Park allows small celebrations and birthday parties with 20 guests at most. Wedding ceremonies and receptions are not allowed. For other events exceeding 20 guests, you can contact the park at email@example.com.
There are 2 possible options for your event at Domino Park:
The Annex is a flexible event space with a paved surface next to Domino Park.
The space is perfect for festivals, tented events, filming projects, and other special events. The Annex has fencing, an on-site production trailer, and controllable street access for vehicle parking.
Flex Field is an artificial turf surface along Domino Park’s main footpaths. You can use the field for picnics, sunbathing, and enjoying closer views of the Manhattan skyline and Williamsburg Bridge.
Getting to Domino Park
- You can take the Subway from J/M/Z to Marcy Avenue or the L train to Bedford Avenue.
- You can take a bus to either Kent Avenue and South 1st Street, Bedford Avenue and South 4th Street, or Washington Plaza.
- Take the NYC Ferry’s East River route to the South Williamsburg or North Williamsburg stop.
Location: 15 River St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Phone: +1 212-484-2700
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What flowers are in domino park?
A: There are many flowers planted in Domino Park. The Camassia flower is a favorite.
Q: Where Is Domino Park?
A: Domino Park is at 15 River Street in Williamsburg, along the East River.
Q: Does Tacocina offer gift cards?
A: Yes, you can buy an E-gift card online here.
Q: Does Tacocina offer delivery services?
A: You can click here to order for delivery
Q: Is there parking space at Domino Park?
A: 325 Kent Avenue has parking spaces (near the Domino Park entrance on Kent Avenue).