Circuit type: Temporary street course
Over the years numerous attempts have been made to host street racing in New York, with multiple Formula 1 and Indycar street circuits mooted but never coming to fruition. Finally, 2017 saw the dream become a reality, when Formula E hosted its first event in the city, with the Lower Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty as impressive backdrops.
The course is situated at the west end of the Red Hook neighborhood in western Brooklyn, adjacent to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and the Atlantic Basin, the small body of water within the Upper New York Bay served by the terminal.
Originally a 13-corner, 1.214 mile circuit was proposed, running anti-clockwise around a different layout to that which was finally put in place. In the end, a 1.214 miles course with 10 turns and running clockwise was actually built for the 2017 race.
The main and second straights utilize the north-south stretch of Bowne Street (which turns south after entering the terminal area), adjacent to Pier 11 of the terminal. Curving west, the track then parallels Clinton Wharf towards the Buttermilk Channel coastline. The Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan skyline form a backdrop, though the circuit itself has something of an industrial feel to it.
For the 2018 race, the circuit was lengthened to 1.475 miles, extending the course farther north and west to Summit Street and Hamilton Avenue. A four-turn complex was added where the previous Turn One hairpin had been, featuring a lefthander and three right-handed turns leading to the second straight. The Turn 8 and 9 chicane (Turns 12 and 13 on the revised course) was also eased, creating a more flowing layout.
In 2019, further minor revisions were made, with the Turn 10 hairpin widened and relocated slightly closer to Turns 9 and 11, while the pit lane was moved to Bowne Street, alongside the main straight and allowing the finish line to be located in the same position as the start line.
The New York ePrix Circuit is located in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn, New York. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), La Guardia Airport (LGA), and Newark International Airport (ERW) are the closest airports, all with good transport links to the city.
The circuit is located next to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, which is close to the Battery Tunnel (I-478-E) and the intersection with the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (I-278-W) at Exit 26.
As with most Formula E events, public transport is expected to feature prominently for race goers. Take the F train to Smith/9th Street Train station and change for the B77 Bus. Get off bus at Conover Street and Dikeman Street. The walk is then approximately 6 long blocks to the terminal entrance.
Alternatively take the 2/3/4/5/N/R subway train to Borough Hall and change for B61 bus which is on Atlantic Avenue (at Court Street). You must walk four blocks south of the train station to access the bus stop. Get off bus at Pioneer Street and Van Brunt Street. The walk is then approximately 4 long blocks to the terminal entrance at Pioneer and Conover streets.
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