The Slow Demise of Pier 42’s Hollowed-out Shed

Posted on: August 16th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

It’s been eight months since demolition began at the hollowed-out Pier 42 shed. In that time, there’s been steady activity but nary in the way of visible progress.

The roof itself has been reduced to slats, while significant portions of the corrugated facade are gone.

That this undertaking is moving at a snail’s pace, at best, is no surprise. The capital works project has been on the boards for nearly six years with little to show for it but “interim programming” during warmer months. Revival is owed to federal funding via the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. that helped resucitate the anemic project at a cost of roughly $14 million. (Original completion date was 2016.) So delayed is this project that the first phase is now broken into two parts.

Phase 1A, as it’s called, is what you see now – asbestos abatement and demolition of the rusted-out shed. Indeed, crews were dispatched to the job site in October to establish staging area in the adjacent parking lot (the business operating there is closed). The takedown process was to have completed by now (“late spring 2018” was the last estimate).

As Pier 42 undergoes it conversion to community use, it’s worth pointing out the office-on-wheels. What appears to be a repurposed subway car sitting in the parking lot.

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