Brooklyn Bridge Park plaza named for span’s pathbreaking engineer

The newest segment of the park beneath the Brooklyn Bridge will be named after the groundbreaking woman engineer who helped design and build the iconic span more than a century ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday at its groundbreaking.

The new $8 million, two-acre public space now known as Emily Roebling Plaza will finally connect the swaths of park just south of the bridge along Brooklyn’s old piers to the green space that sits directly to the east in DUMBO.

Roebling assumed the role of chief engineer for the Brooklyn Bridge as it was being designed and built in the early 1870s after her husband, Washington Roeblng, fell ill and became too incapacitated to work. 

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