New York City’s largest rooftop park opens atop historic Pier 57 in Chelsea

For people who uncover Very little Island to be bigly crowded despite its ability limits, a new expanse of general public-non-public open place equally extending out and more than the Hudson River has debuted on Manhattan’s West Facet. Positioned promptly north of Heatherwick Studio’s artificial island park, the Hudson River Park Trust’s latest patch of open up community area encompasses 80,000 square toes of rooftop place atop Chelsea’s historic Pier 57. At just shy of 2 acres, the park–dubbed the Pier 57 “Sky Park”–is the biggest stretch of public rooftop parkland in New York Town.

“Pier by pier, area by portion, we are transforming 4 miles of Manhattan’s shoreline, and spaces like Pier 57 condition not only the waterfront, but also how persons see and expertise New York Town,” claimed Hudson River Park Have faith in president and CEO Noreen Doyle in a assertion commemorating yesterday’s ribbon-slicing occasion at the superlatively big rooftop park. “Today, Pier 57 will become aspect of our results story.”

Also existing at the opening ceremony were being Mayor Eric Adams and New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who referred to the new pier-topping park as “a earn-earn for New York and a testomony to the progressive, sustainable, and inclusive long term we’re functioning to create.”

view of a patch of grass on a rooftop park
(Jakob-Dahlin)
view of a patch of grass on a rooftop park
(Jakob-Dahlin)

Supported by three huge, buoyant concrete caissons organized in a “T” development in lieu of traditional timber pilings and that includes a concrete-encased “basement” tucked under the waterline, Pier 57 was heralded as a marvel of modern engineering—a “SuperPier”—when it 1st debuted in December 1954 at the conclude of West 15th Street together 11th Avenue. Developed by Emil Praeger, an architect and civil engineer greatest identified for his ballparks and bridges, the National Register of Historic Places–listed framework first served as a delivery and cargo storage facility for the Grace Line and later on, from 1971 nevertheless 2003, as the Hudson Pier Bus Depot for the New York Town Transit Authority.

The web-site was vacated in 2004 and sat mainly empty—save for a brief and regrettable occasion of momentary reuse—until a $410 million revitalization plan for the landmark pier led by the growth team of RXR, Youngwoo & Associates, and Baupost Group kicked off several years later under a lease from the Hudson River Park Rely on.

These days, the reimagined Pier 57, although continue to largely below development, is property to 350,000 square toes of overwater industrial business office place for anchor tenant Google along with Town Winery’s new flagship 32,000-sq.-foot tasting place-slash-cafe-slash-efficiency location-slash-output facility. A food stuff corridor curated by the James Beard Foundation, a “public living room,” and environmental tech classrooms developed by Google for Hudson River Park’s River Undertaking are all slated to open up this tumble. (Anthony Bourdain was slated to open a greater market corridor strategy at the redeveloped Pier 57 despite the fact that those programs eventually fell by prior to his demise in 2018).

view of piers and buildings along the Hudson River waterfront in Manhattan
(Brett Beyer)

As for the recently unveiled Rooftop Park at Pier 57, it will be open up to the community each day calendar year-spherical with first working hrs from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The room attributes open lawns, bleacher seating for al fresco performances and screenings (the park will serve as a everlasting outdoor venue for the TriBeCa Movie Pageant commencing this tumble), and a lot of place to just take in unobstructed views of Reduced Manhattan, the Hudson River, and, of class, neighboring Minor Island. More rooftop features are slated to open up this drop together with the earlier mentioned forthcoming floor-degree points of interest and facilities at the 633,000-sq.-foot pier.

Handel Architects was tapped by the growth workforce to helm the bigger transformation of Pier 57 with New York’s !melk leading the layout of the new rooftop park.

empty bleachers on a rooftop park space
(Google)
view from the roof of a manhattan pier
(Google)

The debut of the Pier 57 Sky Park follows final year’s opening of the Hudson River Park Trust’s new $31 million park at Pier 76, which was formerly home to a NYPD tow pound. In 2020, a transformed Pier 26 opened in Tribeca.

“Access to open up eco-friendly room is important for healthier and resilient communities, and I’m thrilled New Yorkers will have accessibility to a new two-acre rooftop park at Pier 57,” extra Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine in a assertion. “This ground breaking city park will serve as a refuge for New Yorkers in want of house and open up air yr spherical, and I glimpse ahead to seeing extra inexperienced room produced across the city as we get well from this pandemic.”