Construction and Design Status
Just north of Greenwich Village are areas of the park that are currently in redevelopment and construction. Once all of the piers and esplanade are completed this will a vibrant and exciting section of the waterfront will change the 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 a soft edge and beach on the southern side, The Department of Design and Construction are in the final stages of completing the demolition of the buildings and remediation of the soil and is expecting to transfer the land to Hudson River Park in May of 2018. Approximately one third of the funding for this future amenity is already in place thanks to Hudson River Park Friends and we are planning to start design in the near future.
Just north of this is Pier 5, 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 and it was the pier from which the doomed Lusitania made its final departure.
Pier 54 was the prime location for Hudson River Park’s public events, until its closing in 2013. The Trust is currently completing a new and expanded esplanade running from Bloomfield to 17th Streets, most of which should be completed by the end of 2018.
Construction has started on Pier 55, which will be an innovative, green public park pier designed by Thomas Heatherwick. Plans for this pier include lawns, public plaza and a 750 seat amphitheater. There will be more than 100 species of plants and trees and meandering paths that will stretch as high as 62 feet, allowing for spectacular harbor views. The pier is expected to be open by the end of 2020.
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.
Construction is well underway on the new pier that will create approximately 300,000 square feet of “creative commerce” space, including office space, public seating areas, restaurant, a marketplace, cultural, and educational uses, and 2.5 acres of landscaped public rooftop. In 2008, following an extensive Request for Proposals process and public review, the Trust selected Young Woo & Associates to develop the pier for urban retail. A lease was subsequently executed after the Trust’s significant action process. In 2014, Young Woo brought on RXR to partner in the pier’s development. Soon after, Google was brought on to expand its footprint in Manhattan and be the pier’s anchor tenant. Efforts continued to sign on a market operator to manage an approximately 150,000 square feet of small scale retail. In 2018, given the shifting retail market, RXR and Google presented to the public a request to expand office into some of the market space. The Trust is now in negotiations with RXR/Young Woo to create additional office space, while also adding new public interior space. RXR/Young Woo are also continuing to pursue a market operator for the remaining space. Once an amendment to the lease is drafted, the Trust will start a second significant Action process, before any Board action is taken.