On Thursday, Pier 42 will be the setting for a theatrical performance, City That Drinks The Mountain Sky, an allegory that traces the epic story of New York City’s water supply.
Giacinto Frisillo, a contributor at The Lo-Down, has been volunteering with the Hester Street Collaborative as part of their Paths to Pier 42 project on the East River waterfront between Montgomery and Cherry streets. She reports on the progress toward creating public art and events, and how to get involved.
Last night, members of Community Board 3 and local residents got their first look at master plan proposals for a large new park in the works at Pier 42. Two options outlined by Signe Nielsen of Mathews Nielsen, an architectural firm hired by the city, would transform the eight acre parcel into a multi-use expanse featuring grassy lounging areas, recreational sports facilities, a mini-eco-park and kids’ play areas.
The city intends to build the new green space in phases. The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. has provided $16 million in funding out of $60 million the entire project is expected to cost. Last night, Nielsen emphasized that the dock and pilings on which a large abandoned shed sits is in “very poor condition” and will need to be completely rebuilt. She described two proposals — one in which the entire deck is reconstructed — and another in which it’s only partially rebuilt.
It will be years before the dream of building a large new park at Pier 42, near Gouverneur Street, is realized. But this past weekend, community activists, non-profit organizations and local politicians took an important symbolic step toward claiming the parcel along the East River for public use. A community day was held Saturday on Pier 42, the kickoff to a summer-long effort to engage residents in the future of the pier.
A year-and-a-half ago, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. allocated $16 million for the first phase of the project. A design firm, Mathews Nielsen, will present preliminary master plans to Community Board 3 later this week, following a series of community vision sessions during the past several months. On Saturday, Sen. Squadron, who helped secure the funding along with U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, and representatives from non-profit organizations, who have led a long campaign for public access on the waterfront, celebrated the partial opening on Pier 42.
This coming weekend, local organizations are inviting Lower East Side residents to a section of Pier 42, just north of Montgomery Street, for a community day. As you may have heard, the Parks Department is moving ahead with plans to turn the old pier into a green space, an extension of East River Park. This summer there will be a series of art, educational and design installations at the pier, beginning with the event on Saturday.
As you may know, the city is slowly moving toward building a new park at Pier 42, the unsightly area just below newly refurbished East River Park. This week, the Parks Department conducted a “listening session” on the Lower East Side to hear what residents and open space advocacy groups would like to see happen on the former “banana pier” at Montgomery Street.
Parks official Lawrence Mauro, appearing before Community Board 3’s parks committee, said the goal is to develop a master plan by next fall. Mauro indicated the city has about $13 million to work with, which he said is a third or a fourth of what will be required for the whole project. Mauro said it’s too early to tell how much can be done with the initial round of funding.
After years of inaction, the city has refocused its energies on the greening of Pier 42, just below East River Park. Thanks to $18 million in new funding, the Parks Department and Community Board 3 have begun to engage the public to create a new vision for the eight acre gap in the East River greenway. This past weekend, residents toured the abandoned shed that consumes much of the pier. And last night, a small group gathered at the Hamilton Fish Recreation Center to begin planning the future park.
During a workshop led by architectural firm Mathews Nielsen, about 35 people (some of whom were Parks Department staffers) broke into four groups to talk about what they’d like to see (and not see) in the large space, located just above Montgomery Street. A principal in the company, Signe Nielsen, offered a brief history of Pier 42 and outlined the process that will lead to a master plan being developed by March of next year and a “Phase 1 Plan” by May.
Standing at the entrance of Pier 42 on Sunday, State Senator Daniel Squadron told local residents and activists, revitalization of the dilapidated space is “no longer just an idea. It’s becoming a reality.” During the next hour or so, he and Parks Department officials led a rare tour of the old “banana boat pier,” which is destined toone day become a new park and recreational area.
Last year at about this time, Squadron and U.S Senator Chuck Schumer announced they’d persuaded the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. to devote $16 million to the first phase of the large redevelopment project. Now the Parks Department has brought on a design firm, Mathews Nielsen, to oversee the transformation of one of the last green links in Manhattan’s riverfront.
In the next several days, there will be a couple of opportunities to become engaged in the future of Pier 42. Back in November of 2011, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. set aside $16 million for the future development of the pier as a park. Coming up on Sunday, the Parks Department and State Sen. Daniel Squadron (who helped secure the government funding) will lead community members on a tour of the pier, which includes an abandoned shed and a parking lot.
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