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Construction Crawls Forward on the Pier 35 EcoPark

Pier 35 and its East River Waterfront Esplanade makeover have been slowly chugging along for the last few years, but the Lo-Down reports that we'll be seeing bigger changes over the next few weeks. Crews are set to replace a big water main and all of the fire hydrants along South Street between Pier 35 and Pike Slip. It's been awhile since we looked at the design of the rehabilitated pier, so let's refresh. Designed by SHoP, the pier will be a 1,000-foot-long landscaped open space with a special "EcoPark" and "eco-habitat." The part of the esplanade further inland under the FDR will have an exercise area, lookouts over the river, and bocce, petanque, and basketball courts. All of this will cost about $25 million, and we should be lazing on the grassy Pier 35 by the end of 2014.
· Pier 35 Eco-Park and Infrastructure Work to Begin Soon [Lo-Down]
· Pier 35 at LES Waterfront Starts Work, Gets New Renderings [Curbed]