The $250 million pier’s concrete pots will the park its characteristic undulating shape.
Work on installing the 480 piles that will support the park will begin next month.
This $250 million has overcome years of drama to finally make some progress in earnest.
Even with the additional funds the park is still short its needed funding.
The real estate developer has bankrolled lawsuits to halt the park’s most ambitious project, but as part of the board, he will be tasked with helping the project move forward.
The City Club of New York will also cease from filing any more lawsuits against the project.
That’s what the lawyer for the opposition is suggesting.
The museum looked to Barry Diller’s now-dead floating park at Pier 55 for what not to do.
"The opponents should have been more willing to seek compromise," Mayor de Blasio said of the failed multimillion dollar park plan.
Citing ongoing lawsuits and community pushback, the billionaire businessman called off plans for the futuristic floating park.
The City Club of New York is alleging the Hudson River Park Trust of changing the construction method for the island to do avoid statutory environmental mandates.
The mayor has asked Douglas Durst to stop funding lawsuits snarling the construction of a new pier park on the Hudson River.
The convoluted saga of Barry Diller’s floating park continues as the Hudson River Park Trust and the US Army Corps of Engineers appeal a recent decision to stop construction.
The real estate scion was first floated as a funding source for the lawsuits in September.
One of the standout features of the design were the pot-shaped piers that would hold up the park over the Hudson River and create the differential heights throughout the space.
Pier 55 funder Barry Diller has accused a prominent real estate figure of funding the fight against the park.
Once complete the park will be accessible from connecting paths on West 13th and West 14th Streets. If everything goes according to plan construction will wrap up in 2019.
The City Club's main contention against the project and the Hudson River Park Trust had been that the park should have been subjected to a full Environmental Impact Statement and not just a state Environment Assessment Form.
Construction on the futuristic floating pier has been snarled by demands that the park undergo a full environmental review, as well as allegations that the trust set up by the park's private funder, Barry Diller, would be wrongly advantageous to him.
The approvals process and construction of Pier 55 on Manhattan’s West Side has been snarled by lawsuits since the moments plans for the futuristic floating park were announced. But who exactly is behind these lawsuits?
Despite three pending lawsuits and an injunction, the first phase of construction is complete at Hudson River Park’s Pier 55. That means that nine of 550 piles are in place, not much but it's a start.
The planned park at Pier 55 received a temporary reprieve Tuesday when the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court decided to lift an injunction that halted construction on the project last month.
Pier 55 seemed to be making headway, gaining the necessary approval of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers back in April. Now, burdened by a preliminary injunction from a state appellate court, the park is going back to the courts.
With all the approvals now under it's belt, and having already fought off a lawsuit to block the project, Pier 55 is finally ready to move forward. The project is being funded almost entirely by Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenberg.
A judge has ruled to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the futuristic floating park last June. The park now has one more hurdle to jump before it can become a reality.