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Floating Public Park Proposed for New York City Pier

by Lark Turner

Floating Public Park Proposed for New York City Pier: Figure 1

A pier on the Hudson River in New York City may be getting a dramatic makeover.

On Monday, a private group led by billionaire Barry Diller announced Pier 55, a $175 million floating park and performance space concept not far from the wildly successful High Line project. The project would be built on Pier 54 and what’s left of Pier 56, which the New York Times and New York Daily News described as deteriorating. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are supportive of the plan, which Diller said he would finance and run for 20 years.

Floating Public Park Proposed for New York City Pier: Figure 2

The design concept for the project offers up two football fields’ worth of green space up to the public, according to the New York Daily News. It includes an amphitheater, large lawns and gardens throughout.

Floating Public Park Proposed for New York City Pier: Figure 3

The plan is reminiscent of the 11th Street Bridge Park project, a bold plan to connect Anacostia and Navy Yard with a bridge covered in usable public space. Though a design for the bridge was selected in October, Pier 55 has a distinct advantage over the project: a high-profile, big-pocketed financial backer.

Floating Public Park Proposed for New York City Pier: Figure 4

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/floating_public_park_proposed_for_new_york_city_pier/9228

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