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New York Metropolis’s largest rooftop park opens atop historic Pier 57 in Chelsea

For many who discover Little Island to be bigly crowded, a brand new expanse of public-private open house equally extending out and over the Hudson River has debuted on Manhattan’s West Aspect. Positioned instantly north of Heatherwick Studio’s synthetic island park, the Hudson River Park Belief’s latest patch of open public house encompasses 80,000 sq. toes of rooftop house atop Chelsea’s historic Pier 57. At simply shy of two acres, the park–dubbed the Pier 57 “Sky Park”–is the biggest stretch of public rooftop parkland in New York Metropolis.

“Pier by pier, part by part, we’re reworking 4 miles of Manhattan’s shoreline, and areas like Pier 57 form not solely the waterfront, but in addition how folks see and expertise New York Metropolis,” mentioned Hudson River Park Belief president and CEO Noreen Doyle in an announcement commemorating yesterday’s ribbon-cutting occasion on the superlatively giant rooftop park. “Immediately, Pier 57 turns into a part of our success story.”

Additionally current on the opening ceremony had been Mayor Eric Adams and New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who referred to the brand new pier-topping park as “a win-win for New York and a testomony to the revolutionary, sustainable, and inclusive future we’re working to construct.”

view of a patch of grass on a rooftop park
view of a patch of grass on a rooftop park

Supported by three huge, buoyant concrete caissons organized in a “T” formation in lieu of conventional timber pilings and that includes a concrete-encased “basement” tucked beneath the waterline, Pier 57 was heralded as a marvel of contemporary engineering—a “SuperPier”—when it first debuted in December 1954 on the finish of West fifteenth Road alongside eleventh Avenue. Designed by Emil Praeger, an architect and civil engineer finest identified for his ballparks and bridges, the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations–listed construction first served as a delivery and cargo storage facility for the Grace Line and later, from 1971 although 2003, because the Hudson Pier Bus Depot for the New York Metropolis Transit Authority.

The positioning was vacated in 2004 and sat largely empty—save for a temporary and unlucky occasion of non permanent reuse—till a $410 million revitalization scheme for the landmark pier led by the event group of RXR, Youngwoo & Associates, and Baupost Group kicked off in earnest a number of years later beneath a lease from the Hudson River Park Belief.

Immediately, the reimagined Pier 57, whereas nonetheless largely beneath development, is residence to 350,000 sq. toes of overwater business workplace house for anchor tenant Google and Metropolis Vineyard’s new flagship 32,000-square-foot tasting room-slash-restaurant-slash-performance venue-slash-production facility. A meals corridor curated by the James Beard Basis, a “public lounge,” and environmental tech school rooms created by Google for Hudson River Park’s River Mission are all slated to open this fall. (Anthony Bourdain was slated to open a bigger market corridor idea on the redeveloped Pier 57 though these plans finally fell by previous to his demise in 2018).

view of piers and buildings along the Hudson River waterfront in Manhattan
(Brett Beyer)

As for the newly unveiled Rooftop Park at Pier 57, it will likely be open to the general public day by day year-round with preliminary working hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The house options open lawns, bleacher seating for al fresco performances and screenings (the park will function a everlasting outside venue for the TriBeCa Movie Pageant starting this fall), and loads of house to absorb unobstructed views of Decrease Manhattan, the Hudson River, and, after all, neighboring Little Island. Extra rooftop options are slated to open this fall together with the beforehand talked about forthcoming ground-level sights and facilities on the 633,000-square-foot pier.

Handel Architects was tapped by the event group to helm the bigger transformation of Pier 57 with New York’s !melk main the design of the brand new rooftop park.

empty bleachers on a rooftop park space
view from the roof of a manhattan pier

The debut of the Pier 57 Sky Park follows final 12 months’s opening of the Hudson River Park Belief’s new $31 million park at Pier 76, which was beforehand residence to a tow pound. In 2020, a remodeled Pier 26 opened in Tribeca.

“Entry to open inexperienced house is important for wholesome and resilient communities, and I’m thrilled New Yorkers can have entry to a brand new two-acre rooftop park at Pier 57,” added Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine in an announcement. “This revolutionary city park will function a refuge for New Yorkers in want of house and open air 12 months spherical, and I sit up for seeing extra inexperienced house created throughout the town as we get well from this pandemic.”


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