Pier 42 Opening to Public for Interim Use on May 4 with “Community Day”

Posted on: February 27th, 2013 at 6:18 am by
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The transformation of Pier 42 into park space kicks off May 4, when the northern section officially opens to the public. This “Community Day” is to celebrate the new functionality of the derelict waterfront land, and marks the inauguration of the interim Paths to Pier 42 program.

A collection of local organization is spearheading this pop-up series – Hester Street Collaborative, Lower East Side Ecology Center, Two Bridges, GOLES, CAAAV, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. It’ll feature a rotating cast of art, educational, and design installations. Expect to see a “resurfaced” space ahead of launch, plus picnic tables, and a connection to the East River Park.

Press release was blasted yesterday. Herewith, some obligatory quotes from the politicians:

Senator Daniel Squadron said, “In only a few short months, families will be able to enjoy a picnic on the pier or a walk along the waterfront. This interim recreational use on Pier 42 is a big step forward as we build the real, world-class waterfront park for which we’ve long fought and complete a Harbor Park — a central park for the center of our city. And this is only the beginning. Our community planning process will continue so that residents can make their voices heard on Pier 42’s final design. Thank you to Parks, Senator Schumer, CB3, Hester Street Collaborative, the Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance, and LMCC for partnering to make interim use and an incredible Pier 42 waterfront park a reality.”

Senator Chuck Schumer said, “Pier 42 is finally transforming from a blighted, abandoned warehouse into a beautiful open green-space for children, families and individuals on the Lower East Side. With access to spectacular views of the East River, Pier 42 is the perfect location for this new recreational area and I am happy to have taken part in the revitalization process with my partners, Senator Daniel Squadron, Speaker Silver and NYC Parks.”

The remaining timeline for the Paths to Pier 42 program is as follows:

June-July
Build installations.

July
Public launch of Paths to Pier 42.

July-November
Public programming.

December
De-installation

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