Pier 57 Designs Unveiled

West Side neighbors and waterfront activists had mostly good things to say last week about the three competing proposals for developing Pier 57 at a public forum co-sponsored by Community Board 4 and the Hudson River Park Trust.

This is the second time around for redeveloping the Hudson River pier at 15th St. The earlier proposal by the Witkoff Group/Cipriani Organization fell apart in 2007.

“We’re getting it done right this time,” Connie Fishman, president of the Trust, the state/city agency building and operating the 5-mile-long riverfront park between the Battery and 59th St., said at the Feb. 12 meeting in Chelsea.

The consensus at the forum was that the new shortlisted proposals submitted by The Durst Organization and C & K Properties, The Related Companies and Youngwoo & Associates were less grandiose than the earlier plans and were more appropriate for the park setting and the adjacent neighborhoods.

The Villager
Volume 78 – Number 37 / February 18 – 24 2009
By Albert Amateau

The Villager - February 18 - 24 2009