Piers 45, 46, and 51 in Greenwich Village, along with a mile of upland landscape between Leroy Street and Horatio Street, were the first areas to be built once the Hudson River Park Trust received necessary approvals from agencies charged with protecting the Hudson River.
“A Piece of the Hudson Riverfront is Reclaimed for the People…” – New York Times
Heralded as the start of the reclamation of New York City’s waterfront, the Greenwich Village section of Hudson River Park received awards for both engineering and design, including the National Urban Waterfront Center’s Excellence in Waterfront Design Award.
In June 2018, Governor Cuomo dedicated a memorial designed by artist Anthony Goicolea in memory of those who lost their lives in the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting in June 2016, as well as to all victims of hate, intolerance and violence. Learn more about the LGBT memorial.
Greenwich Village Walking Tour
There are centuries of fascinating history in the piers and streets around you, and you can explore some of it by taking an in person or virtual tour. Look out for “ghost streets”, a reminder of the commercial past of Manhattan’s waterfront when streets lead straight to the water.
On May 30, 2003, Greenwich Village—the first completed section of Hudson River Park—was officially opened to the public. Governor George Pataki, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, other State and local officials, Park leadership and the community came together to mark the occasion with a momentous ribbon cutting at Pier 45, celebrating the beautiful new green Park and piers and the opportunity they represented: a dynamic way for New Yorkers to recreate and enjoy their waterfront. Learn more about the history of Hudson River Park’s first piers.