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Tribeca’s Pier 26 Development Project Is Set To Transform Lower Manhattan

Striking waterside development at Pier 26 will make Lower Manhattan a summertime destination for all.

By Jeff Vasishta December 19, 2016

Thirty million dollars may not get you as much in Tribeca as it once did—perhaps, a swanky apartment in a new construction. However, if you wish to build a pier over the Hudson, you’ll get a whole lot of bang for your buck. New renderings for Pier 26’s overhaul have just been released—and they could have thinking you’re on a Caribbean island.

Tree-laced walkways, sandy dunes, netted lounging spaces, and large swathes of manicured greenery make this waterside wonderland another string to the westside of Lower Manhattan’s increasingly impressive bow.

“We have aspirations of this being iconic,” said Lucinda Sanders, the CEO of OLIN—a landscape architecture and urban design firm responsible for the plans—during her presentation to Community Board 1 on December 14th.

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The pier at North Moore Street now sits vacant apart from the new City Vineyard restaurant and boathouse at its base. Ecology is an underlying theme of the 800-foot pier, which, architects say, took on-board residents suggestions. A Maritime education center known an “g” received the full endorsement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo when details were first released in April 2014.

It “will promote scientific research and public discovery of the Hudson River estuary and surrounding water systems,” Cuomo announced at the time. The Estuarium alone costs $10 million, with half of that coming the Port Authority, $4.75 million from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and $335,000 from a NY’s matching grant for planning and design.

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The lounge netting, which will put visitors on a kind of massive hammock, albeit with smaller holes directly above the water, is one of the more striking features of the design. Below the elevated walkway will be a wetland attracting coastal birds and other wildlife, which could be viewed from above and studied at the Estuarium. A children’s playground will be a thing of whimsy, fantasy and ecologically inspired.

In total, the $30 million financing for the project was divided in thirds as follows—$10 million from the city, $10 million from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, and a $10 million donation from Citigoup, which has offices just off the pier, said Madelyn Wils, president of the Hudson River Park Trust.

Slightly north of Pier 26 is the project known as “Hollywood On The Hudson”—a $130-million, 2.7-acre village green of the Hudson and 13th Street. Two blocks above that, at Pier 57, there will be the new 250,000 square feet of Google offices—along with TV host/chef Anthony Bourdain’s Asian night market. The Pier 57 revamp comes at a cost of $350 million and is undertaken by RXR Realty and Youngwoo & Associates who want to transform the pier into a 480,000-square-foot commercial and cultural venue.

It looks like they’ll succeed.

Jeff Vasishta

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jeff Vasishta

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jeff Vasishta

Jeff is a writer, husband and father but not necessarily in that order. As a music journalist he counts Prince, Beyonce and Quincy Jones amongst those he’s interviewed. He's also owned and flipped homes in Brooklyn, NJ, CT and PA.

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