Construction and Design Status
Just north of Greenwich Village are several still undeveloped future Park sites. Building the Park in these areas will be the final step in the metamorphosis of the thriving Meatpacking neighborhood.
At the southern end, the Gansevoort Peninsula is a 5.65-acre promontory at the intersection of Bloomfield Street and the last remnant of 13th Avenue. Built on solid ground (as opposed to a pier), Gansevoort is slated to be developed into a large green oasis, complete with the Park’s only beach, following the departure of the Department of Sanitation in 2014. Approximately half the funding for this future amenity is already in place thanks to Hudson River Park Friends and the City of New York. The Hudson River Park Trust and Hudson River Park Friends are working together to raise the balance.
Just north of this is Pier 54, a site rich with history. It was part of “Luxury Liner Row” and one of the original Chelsea Piers, owned and operated by the Cunard Line. Pier 54 received survivors of the RMS Titanic from the RMS Carpathia – an event which just commemorated its 100th Anniversary on April 18, 2012.
Until Spring 2012, Pier 54 played an important role as Hudson River Park’s primary public event space. It was the prime location for the Park’s rich offerings of free summer programming, hosting weekly films and concerts every year for more than a decade. Select guest events on Pier 54 have also generated needed operating income for the Park, as well as being destinations in their own right. Past events have included the Quiksilver Tony Hawk Half Pipe Event, the Shawn Carter Foundation Fundraiser, the New York City Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting, and Marc Jacobs Fashion Shows.
Due to deteriorated structural piles, however, the Trust recently was forced to close a large section of Pier 54. The remainder will be used as a temporary "Learn to Bike" area in 2012 while we seek funding to reconstruct and landscape the entire pier. Pier 54 is ripe for development into a spectacular gathering place for the community once funding is available.
Continuing north is Pier 57, a two-story structure that was used by the NYC Transit Authority as a bus depot until 2004. Pier 57 is the only pier in New York City with a “basement.” Constructed upstate in 1954 and decorated in an art deco style, it was floated down the Hudson to its present location and then sunk. It now rests on concrete caissons which even today remain watertight. This structural uniqueness qualified the pier for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.
Following an extensive Request for Proposals process, followed by public review and business negotiations, the Trust selected Young Woo & Associates to develop the pier privately. Young Woo’s winning proposal contemplates using stacked repurposed shipping containers in some areas of the piersheds in order to create approximately 300,000 square feet of “creative commerce” space featuring restaurants, cultural, and educational uses, and 2.5 acres of landscaped public rooftop.
Assuming the successful completion of the required environmental review process – currently in progress – Pier 57 will be transformed into a one-of-a-kind urban marketplace by 2015. Eight-hundred permanent new jobs will be created at implementation.