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West Side Fight: Parks 2, Trash 0

Those who just can't get enough of the grassy piers and water-fixture goodness that is Hudson River Park can claim a victory today as the city's Sanitation Dept. has agreed to cough up two spits of land they've been occupying that had been earmarked for green space. One is Pier 97 at 57th Street and the river, which the park trust wants to rebuild with recreation courts, a playground, a lawn, and berths for historic ships. The other pier in question is off the Meatpacking District - a chunk of landfill known as Gansevoort Peninsula, currently home to a "scruffy facility" housing tons of rock salt. Still, park lovers shouldn't hold their breath, as the agreed-upon handover dates are 2008 and 2012.
· City Settles Suit Over Use of Piers Intended as Park [NYTimes]
· Hudson River (photo) [Flickr/Ostenzen]
· Pier 57 Update: Little Italy on the Hudson A-Go-Go! [Curbed]

RELATED: If you're looking for some quicker pier action, try West Harlem, where the Real Deal notes that the city just broke ground on a set of recreational piers between 125th and 135th Streets. ViVa la difference!