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Tribeca's Pier 26 Is Getting a Rafael Viñoly-Designed Makeover

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The reboot of Pier 26 in Tribeca is finally happening. The New York Times reports (h/t Tribeca Citizen) that the Hudson River Park Trust has tapped Rafael Viñoly to design a long-awaited estuarium educational facility at the site on the Hudson between North Moore and Hubert streets. The trust has also tapped landscape firm OLIN to create the pier's new park. In addition to its educational facility, Pier 26 will also play host to a free kayaking program and a City Vineyard restaurant, according to a press release.

The project's had a hard time getting off the ground for the last few years, so 432 Park architect Viñoly seems far from the economical choice; but according to the Times, the architect and Tribeca resident has donated his design services to the project. The redevelopment is being funded in part with a $10 million commitment from Citi, which is returning its global headquarters to a nearby site at 388-390 Greenwich Street. The trust has also secured $10 million in funding from the city and has applied for an additional grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.

Unlike its ailing brethren Pier 40, Pier 26 was structurally rebuilt with funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Preservation in 2008 and 2009. The new estuarium will partner with Clarkson University, Hudson River Clearwater and the New York Hall of Science, amongst others, to oversee the facility that will be used as Hudson River Park's scientific programming hub.
· Part Exhibitionism, Part Surveillance [NYT]
· A Huge Leap Forward For Pier 26 [Tribeca Citizen]
· All Pier 26 coverage [Curbed]