Already Behind Schedule, It’ll be at Least Another Year Before Pier 35 is Finally Complete

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 at 5:00 am by

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The oft-delayed Pier 35 project

That futuristic (i.e. upper crust) re-imagination of Pier 35 is more than four years behind schedule. Don’t hold your breath for completion. lt’s gonna be at least another year before the park is open to the public. Late 2016. That’s the word, anyway, from the Economic Development Corp. which is in charge of the public amenity. Nevertheless, there are still updates to report.

EDC project managers descended upon the Parks subcommittee of Community Board 3 last week to provide some semblance of a progress report on what’s happening down at the waterfront. As you might imagine, progress is still on pace with a snail.

Some pertinents from the mouth of Brian Larson, EDC’s VP of capital projects…

  • Skateboarding remains an issue, with locals vocal that the grinding is ruining the infrastructure. Thrill-seekers had pried the clamps from the various street furniture to create a continuous smooth surface. EDC, for its part, finally got smart and is now welding the stoppers to better prevent removal.
  • The paved footbridge to the pier itself is about finished. It’s been half-built for the last six months.
  • Those stairs to the water line are now open after many months jailed behind chain-link fencing. A quick pass proves that the area is already being utilized by the community.
  • The planned pavilion for Pike Slip is on the back burner.
  • Replacement lighting beneath the FDR is in the works.
  • The EDC is fielding RFPs this summer for package 4 of the East River Esplanade. That includes the ribbon of waterfront south of the area in question.

But before anything can conceivably happen with Package 4, the aging water infrastructure in the vicinity would first need to be swapped with steel piping. Those discussions are reportedly in the early stages, as DEP must first approve the new alignment. Talks are also ongoing with DOT.

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Welding the clips keeps skateboarders out

This water main does not affect Pier 35, though.

The subcommittee also requested that “stay off area” signs be placed on the green patches. Apparently locals have recently taken to guerilla gardening, which could adversely affect future plantings.

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