on the waterfront
Last month, Douglas Durst walked away from the Friends of Hudson River Park advocacy group over a disagreement with the trust that runs the Manhattan watefront park. The key dispute had been over what to do with Pier 40, the libertarian park‘s former cash cow that has become a drain as its pilings deteriorate and the parking garage cum ball fields ever so slowly sinks into the river.
The trust believes that housing should be among the options considered for shoring up the pier’s finances, and by extension its pilings, a move that would likely require a major overhaul of the pier. Meanwhile, Mr. Durst insists housing is undesirable and unnecessarily expensive, and the better option is to keep the pier largely as is, adaptively reusing the space to more efficiently house the roughly 1,400 cars that park on the pier, freeing up room to create commercial space, likely occupied by tech firms, art galleries and other decidely downtown tenants.
Last night, Mr. Durst presented his plan at a public meeting, where it was warmly if cautiously received.
The Major League Soccer (MLS) association is looking to expand and include a 20th team, to be based in New York (the Red Bulls don’t count).
The league has surveyed nineteen possible locations in the city and narrowed the list to a dozen with Flushing Meadows Park in Queens and Pier 40 on the west side of Manhattan taking the lead, The Times reported.
She could have been talking about the weather.
On Thursday afternoon, at the Department of City Planning conference room at 22 Reade Street, Hudson River Park Trust president Connie Fishman revealed the blockbuster news that the Trust had awarded Youngwoo & Associates development rights for the West 15th Street pier with the aplomb worthy of Read More
The proposals to redevelop Pier 57 on Hudson River Park have been released, and it seems like rent-paying marketplace is the common theme for the pier off West 15th Street.
The Related Companies, West Village-based YoungWoo & Associates, and the Durst Organization/C&K Properties are the three suitors, each trying to impress the Read More
We may be seeing the limits to public-private partnerships in park development.
The plan to use funds from the development of the West Side waterfront to finance new park construction and maintenance seems to be collapsing. While this doesn’t mean an end to these partnerships, it is a signal that public amenities still require public Read More
The Related Companies’ plans for a $600 million entertainment center along the Hudson River at Pier 40 is no longer being considered by the Hudson River Park Trust, the city-state agency that governs the park.
The news comes as Madison Square Garden announced it was moving forward with renovations of its existing Read More
According to today’s Villager–nope, it’s not online yet–the Hudson River Park Trust has issued a request for proposals for Pier 40, at Houston Street on the Hudson River.
According to The Villager, the 14-acre pier is to be developed with 50 percent park and 50 percent commercial space, with the caveat that big-box stores Read More
Federico Pignatelli, C.E.O. of Pier 59 Studios, which is part of the Chelsea Piers complex, showed up at Community Board 4′s meeting last night to appeal for help from the board to prevent what he says is a dire situation at the popular sports and entertainment complex.
According to Mr. Pignatelli, the foundation of Chelsea Read More
Park advocates are charging that the city’s Sanitation Department is unlawfully squatting on a West Side pier that should have been demolished three months ago to make way for the northern end of the Hudson River Park.
The postponement threatens to further derail the long-delayed plan to create a five-mile, 550-acre waterfront park from Battery Read More