City Sanitation Trucks Seize Pier 42 Space for Parking
The perennially delayed Pier 42 public park has taken on a different function in the offseason. It’s returned to the previous purpose as parking lot.
Several readers living on the waterfront point out that the Department of Sanitation, which maintains a hub just down the coast, has now taken to parking its trucks in the new parkland. More than a dozen vehicles are lined up.
With such little activity here of late, it’s not surprising.
So delayed and cash-strapped this project is – more than five years, in fact – that the first phase was split into two parts. The first was recently completed, clearing away the decrepit pier shed and constructing the red structure seen there today.
The second part of Phase 1 includes the “passive park” component with comfort station (aka toilets), children’s playground, site furnishings, and plantings. To that end, the city will return to the Parks Subcommittee of Community Board 3 tonight to provide an update.
Revival of the languishing capital works project is owed largely to an injection of $14 million in federal funding via the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. (totaling $26 million).
Until work begins anew, it’s apparently open season for Sanitation.