Welcome to Friday Open Threads, wherein we'll pass the mic to readers to speak up about topics of interest, distress, horror, etc. Have something you want discussed? Let us know.
While dozens of New York City's once industrial piers have been reborn as waterfront parks and public spaces, many more await their own extreme makeovers. This fall, the current Pier 17 will be demolished to make way for a new SHoP-designed structure, and Pier 57 will begin its transformation into a shipping container retail complex. For others, the future is not so certain. Hudson River Park continues to debate what should happen to the sinking Pier 40, while plans for the East River's Pier 42 are still working through the design process. Like all new developments, the proposals and renovations have not been without controversy or critics, but what should be done differently?
For this Open Thread, Curbed wants to hear your best suggestions for breathing new life into New York's aging piers, whether it's a mindboggling proposal for a new neighborhood or a simple request for more parkland. The most creative ideas might even be rendered into digital realities for a future Curbed post. Have at it in the comments.
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Photo of Pier 17 by Nathan Kensinger