CB3 Committee Approves Phase 1 of Pier 42 Park Plan

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014 at 5:21 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

The revitalization and beautification of Pier 42 into public parkland is slowly advancing through the bureaucracy. Indeed, Community Board 3 last night heard and approved the final design for Phase 1 of the so-called master plan.

Suits from both Matthews Nielsen Landscape Architects and the Parks Department presented to the Parks and Rec subcommittee in order to fill in the bones of the project, so to speak. As the first step in a years-long endeavor, the $9.6 million first Phase simply transforms the area in question from pockmarked parking lot to park. Changes include:

  • Dismantling most of the warehouse structure, which was originally constructed in 1964. Its skeleton will remain.
  • Removal of toxic soil.
  • Remove asbestos and lead paint.
  • Planting trees and vegetation.
  • Grinding the current asphalt bed into fill for a knoll on the north end. It’s seven feet above the 100 year flood line with views of the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Repair bulkhead stone.
  • Provide interim park lighting.
This image has been archived or removed.

As the representatives noted, this initial work is really just a site safety project. Many public attendees weren’t having it, though.

Led by a vocal Nancy Ortiz – Vladeck Houses Resident Association President – many in the room relayed their feelings of being disenfranchised from the overall master plan. She immediately went on the offensive and noted that the approximate 10,000 families living in the immediate vicinity don’t benefit from amenities like a kayak basin. How it’s all just a play to attract outsiders and not appease those river denizens. A pool or roller rink is what’s desperately needed, neighbors contend. Ortiz noted that “we are a community tired of being ignored … [kayaks] don’t fit into the demographic of our community.”

This image has been archived or removed.

To be fair, the only item up for vote last night was Phase 1. Future park composition and potential amenities like concessions, kayaks, roller rinks, comfort station, and/or pools won’t be discussed until later down the line.

Also not addressed in Phase 1 are safety concerns regarding the bike path and the southern entrance to the park at South and Montgomery Streets.

The panel unanimously approved the measure. Expect completion sometime in 2016.

This image has been archived or removed.

Recent Stories

65-Year-Old Man Jumps to His Death from 6th Floor of Seward Park Co-op

A 65-year-old resident of the Seward Park Co-op reportedly leaped to his death early Tuesday morning. According to the police report, the man jumped from the window of his sixth-floor apartment at building 4, west of Clinton. Officers from the 7th Precinct responded at 7:47am, and found him unconscious at the scene. Further investigation into the […]

Open Call for Muralists to Decorate First Street Green Art Park

Centre-fuge, whose popular art trailer was deposed last summer after seven years, is seeking muralists to paint part of the First Street Green Art Park. The group put out the official request for proposals yesterday morning. There are seven fence-canvases available for the taking. Artwork is curated on a rotating basis, so this next batch […]

Mulberry Market Signage Goes up in Little Italy

Months delayed, the forthcoming Mulberry Market finally has something to show for itself. Store signage was installed yesterday above the entrance to the highly-anticipated supermarket (stylized as MulberryMARKET). The new marketplace is apparently a “family business” that is years in the making. It replaces the decades-old MET Food, which was unable to negotiate favorable lease […]

DOT Announces More ‘Asphalt Art’ for Chinatown Seasonal Streets

For the second year running, Doyers Street is the recipient of the alliterative Asphalt Art. The Department of Transportation’s Temporary Art Program (DOT Art) is again joining forces with the Chinatown Partnership to paint the former “Bloody Angle.” Hangzhou artist Chen Dongfan was the first to paint the area last July, imparting a 4,851 square-foot mural […]

Cactus Store Returns Saturday for Third Season on Essex Street

Unless (or until) development takes hold at 5 Essex Street, the annual cactus retail setup will continue. For the third year running, the Los Angeles-based Cactus Store is set to return this season. Ownership confirmed the plans, and relayed an opening date of this Saturday (May 25). All the infrastructure is still in place, including […]