The total makeover of the eight-acre swath of waterfront, a.k.a. Pier 42, that is the missing link in the ring of parks encircling lower Manhattan is inching closer to reality. In a meeting last week, a community board subcommittee approved a master plan by Mathews Nielsen landscape architects, which also revealed details and renderings for thebrace$94 million project. The Village reports that the design includes plenty of "wide open lawn space, waterfront marshes and near-complete removal of the large shed" that has dominated that corner of the Lower East Side.
The designs, which also include multiple lawns, a playground, and a potential docking station for kayals and small boats, are "flood-resistant" and "eco-friendly"; a Nielsen principal likened them to East River Blueway plans in the works for a stretch of East River waterfront further to the north. The plan will now go before all of Community Board 3 and the Public Design Commission. Presuming it gets a thumbs up from both agencies, Phase 1 of the construction could begin as early as 2016.
· Pier 42 design proposal features lawns, playground, inlet [The Villager]
· Architects Outline Proposals For Pier 42's Grassy Makeover [Curbed]
· All Pier 42 coverage [Curbed]