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 East River Waterfront: Pier 15, NYC

Start Date: 2004

Completion Date: 2012

 

NYC Economic Development Corporation, client

SHoP, architects

HDR/Arup, engineering

Tillotson Design Associates, lighting design

 

Peter Mauss / ESTO, photography

The two-mile site sits partially beneath the elevated highway and partially over water on marine platform structure and includes reconstruction of Piers 15 and 35.  The open space program includes a continuous public esplanade for bicycles and pedestrians, improved connections to the adjoining neighborhoods, and needed open space amenities.  Public features tucked under the elevated highway structure include restaurant pavilions,  dog run, exercise platforms, swings, ball courts, skateboard area and seating areas.

 

Water edge features include fishing balconies, a stepped tidal get down area, overlooks and an innovative mussel habitat demonstration area, aka “Mussel Beach.”

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