Hudson River Park is where you go in NYC for recreating, 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…
- Opening in 2020
- Piers in Construction
- Design Spotlights
- Sustainability and Research
- Virtual Programs
Pier 26’s Eco-Friendly Transformation
Are you in need of some good news? The 2.5 acre Pier 26 opened on 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.
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 will be 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 will be publicly accessible and will offer an extraordinary place to experience the waterfront.
The dramatic structure rising from the park waters just south of 14th Street is soon to be a new Hudson River Park pier known as Little Island. Opening in 2021, 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”.
When Hudson River Park was created in 1998, Pier 57 was a municipal bus depot. This historic building is now being transformed into a mixed-use pier with a rooftop park and an interior public “living room” as well as a public marketplace, music venue and office space. Learn more about the development of Pier 57.
As the largest park project in Manhattan since the creation of Central Park, Hudson River Park connects seven vibrant neighborhoods: Tribeca, Greenwich Village, Meatpacking District, Chelsea, Hudson Yards, Hell’s Kitchen and Clinton. While construction continues at Piers 26, Little Island and Pier 57, design is also advancing at Pier 97 and the Gansevoort Peninsula, and the Trust expects to start construction on both of these projects in 2021. The next several years will see unprecedented growth in green open space along Manhattan’s coastline, bringing increased ecological, recreational and economic benefits to the entire city.
Learn more about the public process for the largest active and passive recreation space in Hudson River Park.
Soon more dramatic beauty and fun, learn more about the public process for Hudson River Park’s northernmost pier.
A Milestone for Park Sustainability
In May 2019, Hudson River Park kicked off Park Over Plastic, our initiative to eliminate single-use plastics and further Park sustainability goals. With the support of Park staff, tenants, students and our community, Park Over Plastic has a lot to celebrate so far. Looking ahead to 2020 and beyond, HRPK is committed to reducing single-use plastics, in support of NYC’s zero waste goals. We recently celebrated our 1-year anniversary, read about some of our major accomplishments here.
New Research Alert
Have you ever wondered what species of fish are swimming beneath Hudson River Park’s piers?
Historically, the methods for doing so have traditionally involved using nets, trawls, traps and other methods to catch fish and categorize the samples. More recently, modern technology has opened new avenues for such research. One such technology is called environmental DNA (eDNA), and Hudson River Park’s River Project staff is on the cutting-edge of exploring its utility in a dynamic river setting.
eDNA is a window into the Hudson River that helps identify the presence of fish species by extracting DNA left behind from sloughed fish cells and feces in the River. With the help of student groups, Park scientists are collecting, filtering and analyzing water samples from three locations in the Park, in partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, to measure fish migration and population dynamics and to create a historical record of vertebrate fish in our waters. Learn more about this emerging field.
On any given day in a regular summer, Hudson River Park is host to a wide range of free events, educational and cultural programs, known as the Summer of Fun. This popular series brings local talent to Park piers, supporting a wide range of voices and providing our community with the opportunity to enjoy myriad free and low-cost activities in many neighborhoods.
Hudson River Park is passionate about helping New Yorkers and visitors engage with the Park and each other, and relishes this annual opportunity to bring people together to listen to music at sunset, learn new styles of dance, watch blockbuster hits on the grass overlooking the Hudson, or get fit after work on the Park’s turf fields.
This year, due to Covid-19, the Park set itself the challenge of continuing to offer these many free programs to our community, but from the safety of their homes instead of from within the Park. The shift to virtual Summer of Fun programming was undertaken swiftly, with programs moving online within a matter of weeks.
Focusing on community favorites including musical concerts, children’s performances and salsa dance parties — the Park reached out to local artists who were eager to support the Park’s efforts to bring joy to the public. The Park’s summer programs are now available for audiences in New York and around the world from the comfort of people’s homes. See our evolving virtual Summer of Fun line-up here.