Cross at Horatio StIn Meatpacking District
n Wednesday, July 24, the Trust and Community Board 2 hosted a joint meeting at which James Corner Field Operations presented the Concept Design for the Gansevoort Peninsula, following by comments and Q & A. You can view the presentation here.
Gansevoort Peninsula is a 5.65-acre landmass that until recently was used by the NYC Department of Sanitation for truck parking. In 2018, NYC completed removal of the Sanitation facility, providing a clean slate for a large new park area at Hudson River Park. Built on solid ground (as opposed to a pier), Gansevoort is slated to be developed into a large green oasis, complete with a resilient, soft edged “beach” on the southern side.
*Gansevoort Peninsula Before Construction
In January 2019, a design team led by James Corner Field Operations was hired to design this new park area. The design team will work with the Hudson River Park Trust to solicit public opinions about the types of park uses that will be incorporated into the park design for this large area.
In 2018, the Trust also approved the donation by the Whitney Museum of American Art for a site-specific public art installation entitled Day’s End by artist David Hammons. Day’s End derives its inspiration and name from Gordon Matta-Clark’s 1975 artwork in the same location, which was demolished in 1979. “We think Day’s End is an inspiring idea that celebrates the history of the Hudson River waterfront,” said Hudson River Park Trust President & CEO Madelyn Wils.
*Design rendering of Hammons' Day's End
Manhattan once had a well-used Thirteenth Avenue. It ran from Bloomfield Street on what is now the Gansevoort Peninsula north to 23rd Street. The area was later excavated to permit longer ships to dock without blocking the channel. Today, only a one-block stretch of Thirteenth Avenue remains on the Gansevoort Peninsula. This block will be preserved once this area is redeveloped for park use.
Pier 53 is the home of NYC Fire Department's Marine Company One, a functioning fireboat house and pier. There is no public access.