Routine Inspection Leads to Temporary Closure of Pier 36 Marina

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The marina at Pier 36 has been temporarily shut down after a recent inspection.

As you may know, a private company, BillBey, has a contract for docking services at the pier. Tour boats use the area in back of Basketball City (near Montgomery Street), mostly in warmer months.

During a routine inspection, contractors noticed damage to the piles that support the pier apron (that’s the area on the outer edge of the pier). The city’s Economic Development Corp., which oversees Pier 36, instructed BillyBey to stop operations until a more detailed examination can take place. An EDC spokesperson says a “live load restriction” was placed on the apron. A full engineering report will be available in a few days.

When we visited the site yesterday, a metal gate leading to the East River was locked. The situation is not impacting Basketball City, which is continuing to schedule events.

The partial closure of Pier 36 is having some impact on construction of a long-delayed park at neighboring Pier 35. There was no activity there during our visit yesterday. The EDC spokesperson said new options are being evaluated at Pier 35. The two piers have separate structures.

We’ll let you know when we learn more.

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