Hudson River Park is where you go in NYC for recreation, relaxing, events, culture, dining, panoramic views and more. On more than a dozen public piers, not to mention miles of pathways and landscapes, you’ll discover a park that offers more than you may imagine—a place that surprises and delights visitors with a diverse and eclectic range of activities and experiences that stimulate the senses and allow spirits to soar.
Hudson River Park is also a work in progress. Excitingly, there is more public park space on its way to you. Beyond design and construction, we have also been adapting to the current COVID-19 world by reimagining beloved public and educational programs so that both new and longstanding audiences can participate in them safely and remotely. We are also still conducting scientific research, including environmental DNA sampling in the 400-acre River Sanctuary that surrounds the Park’s many piers.
Find out what we have to inspire you…
- Now Open!
- Manhattan’s Ecological Pier
- A New Science-Themed Playground
- Under Construction
- Design Spotlight
The dramatic structure rising from the park waters just south of 14 Street is a new Hudson River Park pier known as Little Island. Now open, Little Island is conceived and built in partnership with the Diller-Von Furstenberg Family Foundation and Hudson River Park Trust. Learn more about the origins of this “floating island”.
New Public Art: Day’s End by David Hammons
On the south edge of the Gansevoort Peninsula, the Whitney Museum of American Art is constructing a permanent, site-specific public art project by David Hammons (b. 1943) that has been donated to the Park following its completion in Spring 2021.
Day’s End derives its inspiration and name from an artwork by Gordon Matta-Clarke created in 1975. At that time, Matta-Clarke began carving into an abandoned pier shed once located at Pier 52, turning it into a living sculpture that celebrated water and light. David Hammons’ Day’s End will serve as a “ghost monument” to Gordon Matta-Clark’s earlier work, alluding to the changing history of New York’s waterfront with an open, skeletal structure that precisely follows the outline, dimensions and location of the original structure on Pier 52. As one of the largest public art installations in New York City, Day’s End is publicly accessible and offers an extraordinary place to experience the waterfront.
Support a Science-Themed Play Area!
Help us bring a one-of-a-kind science themed playground to the Park. The design of the Pier 26 Science Play Area brings the wonder of the Hudson River ecosystem to life and will inspire imagination, learning and fun. HRPK Friends Board Chair, Mike Novogratz, has pledged a generous challenge match to help raise the remaining funds needed to complete this campaign. In order to maximize this historic gift to HRPK Friends, we need to raise an additional $1 million by October 7, 2021. Your support, at any donation level, for the HRPK Friends Pier 26 Science Play Area Capital Campaign will make this incredible play space a reality.
Pier 26’s Eco-Friendly Transformation
Are you in need of some good news? The 2.5-acre Pier 26 opened September 30, 2020. Pier 26 introduces visitors to the Hudson River environment through a design inspired by the historical Hudson River landscape. It is also a shining example of how the public and private sectors can work together for the public good. Learn more about the origins of the exciting, new, public green space.
Construction has begun on the Gansevoort Peninsula, a 5.5-acre site that will be transformed into a green oasis for New Yorkers as part of the continued build-out of Hudson River Park. Learn more here.
The Pier 57 developer and the Trust are also working on plans for an indoor environmental education space also to be located prominently on the ground floor and operated by the Trust as part of its environmental programming initiatives.
City Winery at Pier 57 is now open on the ground floor. This popular performance venue includes a public restaurant, tasting room and its signature wine production facility—all overlooking the river.
As part of the design process, !melk and the Trust met with the community in November and December 2018 to listen to individuals’ ideas about the design program—i.e., what kinds of uses and spaces are desired. !melk used this information to start developing the concept design for the area and met with the community again in November 2019 to present the very well-received design concept. To read more, please click here.
Tribeca Habitat Enhancement Project
In Summer 2021, Hudson River Park is installing its largest submerged aquatic habitat enhancement to date between Pier 34 and Pier 26. The project will add thousands of oysters to Hudson River Park’s 400-acre Estuarine Sanctuary through varied enhancement features including reefballs and gabions. Although most of the enhancements will be below the River’s surface, pause at the Park’s Pier 32 pile field to see textured concrete piles providing vertical habitat from the River’s bottom to the spray zone for encrusting organisms like oysters, mussels and barnacles. Collectively, these enhancements will help to increase the Sanctuary’s oyster population, diversify river habitat and create a corridor to support local fish populations. The Park is grateful for our scientific partners at NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and our Technical Advisory Council for helping to ensure the project offers benefits to our sanctuary and science communities alike.
Chelsea Waterside Park
This neighborhood gem in the Chelsea section of Hudson River Park is about to receive a $12.6 million upgrade. Learn more about the coming improvements.
A Milestone for Park Sustainability
In continuing to choose Park Over Plastic, we are supporting a cleaner, greener and more sustainable NYC. With the launch of Park Over Plastic in 2019, we took a big step toward proactively reducing single-use plastics in the Park and empowering our Park community to spread awareness about the harmful impacts of plastic pollution in our environment. Through collaborative research, education and community action, HRPK has become a local leader in plastic reduction efforts. Over the past two years, we worked with researchers from Knology to conduct a study of the Park Over Plastic initiative, which included extensive interviews with Park users, tenants and staff as well as Park-wide waste audits. We are excited to share the findings from their study; click here to learn more about Knology’s recommendations for the future success of Park sustainability.