After many years and several false starts, a long-promised piece of parkland is finally open on the Lower East Side.
SHoP Architects announced last week that Pier 35, an “eco-park” on the East River waterfront, is finally open to the public. Designed by SHoP and Ken Smith Workshop, Pier 35 is part of the city’s East River Waterfront Esplanade project, a two-mile open space that stretches between the Battery Maritime Building and Montgomery Street.
The park and “urban beach” features landscaped lawn and dunes, a 35-foot-tall and 300-foot-wide plant-covered folded screen wall, and a raised porch with swings that face the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. The pier also features “Mussel Beach” a 65-foot shoreline designed as a habitat for blue and ribbed mussels, with “sloping precast concrete surfaces, textures, and rockeries in the tidal zone,” according to SHoP.
“The creation of this unapologetically urban landscape was truly a collaborative effort with the city, the design team, the construction management team and their consultants, and the community,” project director Cathy E. Jones said in a statement. “The new eco-park provides the passive recreation space requested by the local residents, as well as the vertical visual effect of the vine wall that acts as a green billboard to the city.”