Following the unveiling of architecture firm SHoP's design for a new pedestrian bridge over West Street south of the World Trade Center (connecting close-yet-so-far neighbors Battery Park City and the Financial District), a tipster sends along a PDF copy of the presentation given to Community Board 1's Battery Park City committee. In it we get a more complete look at the 200-foot-long bridge, official name West Thames Pedestrian Bridge, which would replace SHoP's temporary Rector Street bridge upon completion in?fingers crossed?2010.
That date comes from the Tribeca Trib, which does some follow-up reporting and writes that the reason SHoP left the span uncovered was to keep the park feel. On the BPC side, the bridge lifts out of the soon-to-be-renovated West Thames Park. On the east side, it will connect to the planned pedestrian plaza in front of architect Helmut John's stalled 50 West Street skyscraper. Despite the green theme, some officials still want to put a roof over its head.
· Architects Pitch First Design for New West Street Walking Bridge [Tribeca Trib]
· SHoP's New Plan to Bridge the Lower Manhattan Gap [Curbed]
UPDATE: A Curbed commenter points out, and a Google Image search confirms, that SHoP dropped Heidi Klum and her kids into the rendering above. Cheeky!