Long-awaited Pier 35 park finally debuts on the Lower East Side

Designed by SHoP and Ken Smith Workshop, the park is part of the
city’s East River Waterfront Esplanade project

After many years and
several false starts
, a long-promised piece of parkland is
finally open on the Lower East Side.

SHoP Architects announced last week that Pier 35, an
“eco-park” on the East River waterfront, is finally open to the
public. Designed by SHoP and Ken Smith Workshop, Pier 35 is part of
the city’s East
River Waterfront Esplanade
project, a two-mile open space that
stretches between the Battery Maritime Building and Montgomery
Street.

The Pier 35 project had been
in the works
since 2011 but it was pushed back several times,
as we
previously reported
, because of Hurricane Sandy and
negotiations between city agencies.

The park and “urban beach” features landscaped lawn and
dunes, a 35-foot-tall and 300-foot-wide plant-covered folded screen
wall, and a raised porch with swings that face the Brooklyn and
Manhattan bridges. The pier also features “Mussel Beach” a
65-foot shoreline designed as a habitat for
blue and ribbed mussels
, with “sloping precast concrete
surfaces, textures, and rockeries in the tidal zone,” according
to SHoP.

“The creation of this unapologetically urban landscape was
truly a collaborative effort with the city, the design team, the
construction management team and their consultants, and the
community,” project director Cathy E. Jones said in a statement.
“The new eco-park provides the passive recreation space requested
by the local residents, as well as the vertical visual effect of
the vine wall that acts as a green billboard to the city.”

Source: FS – All – Real Estate News 1
Long-awaited Pier 35 park finally debuts on the Lower East Side