Pier 42 Park Construction Delayed Until 2017

Pier 42; interim park rendering by Mathews Nielsen.

Pier 42; interim park rendering by Mathews Nielsen.

As we reported earlier today, the federal government is awarding New York City $176 million to create a flood barrier and new recreational amenities from Montgomery Street to Battery Park. This afternoon, we have some news about another waterfront project — a Pier 42 park.

Until recently, plans were underway to begin the first phase of construction this coming spring. Four years ago, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. (LMDC) allocated $16 million to begin transforming the site just to the north of Montgomery Street.

A spokesperson for the NYC Parks Department tells The Lo-Down that “design and planning issues,” especially the environmental review of the site, have delayed the project. The city’s new estimated start date is January of 2017.

The first phase of construction involves creating an interim park. The plan is to tear down most of a large storage shed, remove asphalt, plant grass and trees and establish a 7-foot-high knoll. The overall project, expected to cost at least $94 million, remains unfunded. Last year, the LMDC suggested it would allocate another $7 million to Pier 42, but the board has not yet voted on the proposal.

Paths to Pier 42 spring celebration, 2015.

Paths to Pier 42 spring celebration, 2015.

This past summer, several local non-profit organizations wrapped up a three-year initiative called Paths to Pier 42 in anticipation of the start of construction. Paths to Pier 42 was initiated by the Hester Street Collaborative, GOLES, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and CAAAV.  They transformed a section of the pier into a recreational space and sponsored all sorts of arts projects, performances and community events there. The idea was to reclaim the derelict public space for the neighborhood and to keep attention focused on the park planning process.

But given the new delay, the Parks Department is asking the groups to brings Paths to Pier 42 back to life for another season. A few weeks ago, we met with Dylan House and Anna Pelavan of Hester Street Collaborative to talk about the road ahead for Pier 42.

The programming they helped develop was designed to give voice to the people who live along the waterfront, a predominantly low-income community. During a three-year period, the partners utilized about $500,000 in funding to support 15 artist/design teams and to run Paths to Pier 42’s engagement programs. They’re now looking at how the space can be activated once again this spring and summer. While it will be tricky in the absence of any additional funding, they’re optimistic about finding creative ways to keep the pier lively throughout the spring and summer months.

The LMDC funding was secured with the help of U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer and State Sen Daniel Squadron. At various times during the last several years, they have urged the city to move forward with a fully funded Pier 42 project as quickly as possible.

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If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out the temporary park at Pier 42, this weekend provides a good opportunity.  The Lower East Side Kite Festival will be held in the community space tomorrow.

GOLES Summerfest at Pier 42 This Afternoon

This afternoon at Pier 42, at the temporary park near Montgomery Street, Good Old Lower East Side presents Summerfest 2013.

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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.

Pier 42 Park Plans Unveiled

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One of two master plans for a new park at Pier 42.

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.

Pier 42 is Opened For Partial Public Use; Summer Art Projects Unveiled

Anne Frederick of Hester Street Collaborative was one of several speakers at a community day May 4, 2013 at Pier 42.

Anne Frederick of Hester Street Collaborative was one of several speakers at a community day May 4, 2013 at Pier 42.

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.