Construction and Design Status
From the northern portion of Greenwich Village to the southern section of Chelsea are several park areas that are currently in design and construction. Completion of these projects will greatly increase the range and variety of waterfront park experiences.
Gansevoort Peninsula is an approximately 5.5-acre landmass that until recently was used by the NYC Department of Sanitation for truck parking. In 2018, NYC completed the 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. An important public art installation entitled Day’s End, by artist David Hammons, will also be located on and near the south side of the Peninsula. Day’s End derives its inspiration and name from Gordon Matta-Clark’s 1975 artwork once located in the same location, and is being donated to Hudson River Park by the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2018, the Trust conducted a public “significant action process” before accepting this donation.
In January 2019, the Hudson River Park Trust hired a design team led by James Corner Field Operations to design this new park area. An important part of the design process will be hearing from the public about the types of uses that are desired for this large area. This process began on March 6th, when the design team and Trust attended a meeting of Community Board 2’s Parks/Waterfront Committee to provide initial information on the design opportunity and to begin listening to community feedback. The meeting presentation can be found here: Gansevoort Peninsula Community Meeting 1 Presentation.
On March 26th, the Trust hosted a well-attended follow-up design charrette at 75 Morton / MS 297 NYC School, where Field Operations led community members through interactive exercises focused on ideas for future uses at the Gansevoort Peninsula. That meeting began with a presentation by Field Operations that can be found here: Gansevoort Peninsula Community Meeting 2 Presentation.
We also invite you to provide feedback via the Gansevoort Peninsula Public Feedback Tool prepared by the design team. Responses to the Feedback Tool will be sent directly to the designers.
*Design rendering of Hammon's Day's End
Pier 54 & 55
To the north of Gansevoort is an area once known as “Luxury Liner Row,” with piers once owned and operated by the Cunard Line. Pier 54 received survivors of the RMS Titanic from the RMS Carpathia and it was also the pier from which the doomed Lusitania made its final departure.
Today, the piles from Pier 54 are providing habitat for in-water species, and a new public pier, named “Pier 55,” is well under construction to its immediate north. In November 2014, the Trust and Barry Diller/Diane von Furstenberg announced a plan to replace the dilapidated Pier 54 with a new pier combining public park and performance space. The Trust worked with the Diller-von Furstenberg Foundation to conceive a new 2.7-acre public pier dedicated to parkland and with performing arts programming. Heatherwick Studio and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects have designed Pier55 as an innovative, green public park pier that will also feature a 750-seat amphitheater, informal performance areas, lawns, gardens and a public plaza. The pier will feature more than 100 species of plants and trees, and meandering paths that will stretch as high as 62 feet, allowing for spectacular harbor views. Pier 55 is planned to open in Spring 2021. In addition to providing unique public parkland for all to enjoy, Pier55 will also become one of NYC’s premier outdoor venues for cultural programming, the majority of which will be free and low-cost.
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 in 1954, the pier rests on concrete caissons which even today remain watertight. This structural uniqueness qualified the pier for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.
Pier 57 is currently being restored and constructed as a mixed use pier offering office space, indoor and outdoor public seating areas, restaurants, a marketplace, cultural, and educational uses, and a large landscaped public rooftop park. 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 to become the pier’s anchor tenant.