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I'm liking the trend of all these Pier redevelopments. Bringing some nice pedestrian density to those areas. While yes there are lots of people, there are at times that the coast line of the Hudson feels empty. Giving some ample opportunities to lounge and even shop (some other pier developments), can further make the area vibrant.

This, along with the very successful Hudson River Park, will make this a hot spot. Developers are taking notice too, further making the stretch of area prime for developments.
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New Renderings, Details Revealed for Pier55 Floating Park















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Signe Nielsen, president of Mathews Nielsen, the landscape architecture firm working with designer Thomas Heatherwick to create the futuristic—and controversial—Pier55 park to perch above the Hudson River revealed new details about the design, along with updated renderings for the park, at a meeting yesterday. Everything is still very much and work-in-progress, and the new renderings were shown to address concerns from the community and provide an update on the materials being considered. The Hudson River Park Trust signed a 20-year lease deal with Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg, the billionaire/fashion mogul power couple that is financing the park, and there are currently cranes in the river near the old Pier 54. There has also been federal funding for a 13th Street crosswalk lead to the park. So while approval from the Army Corps of Engineers and State Department regarding the environmental impact awaits, it's time to talk about the actual plants and materials that will make up the park.

Nielson discussed the all parts of the design, from its snaking paths to quickly changing plants, and noted that changes have already been made since the renderings were first revealed. The elevation will be lowered from 70 feet at its highest point to 62 feet, but there will multiple heights throughout, with the corners folding upwards to trap sound and create "micro-climates." She described "snakes and ladder" pathways and said they have been "navigating concerns that we as a team have had about congestion." Asked about crowds leaving the amphitheater after a show, she said there are multiple routes to leave sections of the park.
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Civic Group Sues to Halt Hudson River Park Backed by Barry Diller

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Critics of the billionaire Barry Diller’s plans for 2.4-acre park on a platform over the Hudson River asked a court on Thursday to halt construction of the $130 million project until it undergoes a new environmental review and is approved by the State Legislature.

Opponents contend that the project was a result of a “secretive process designed to reach a preordained outcome that lacked the transparency required by state law and was not designed to elicit meaningful public scrutiny,” according to a lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan by the City Club of New York, a civic organization, against the Hudson River Trust and a Diller entity.

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^^ ...the hell is wrong with people? Chris, do you see any environmental issue with what's being put forth? Do the NIMBYs have any ground?
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^^ ...the hell is wrong with people?
Seriously! It's a park!!
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^^ ...the hell is wrong with people? Chris, do you see any environmental issue with what's being put forth? Do the NIMBYs have any ground?
This will get thrown out of court. Only the EPA and DEP could decide if its environmentally damaging, which its not. Pier restorations have been occurring for many years now, and this is simply a fabrication of them not knowing and being left out of the design process.

In terms of mitigating any environmental hazards, they will decide (DEP), on what remediation action needs to take place. But that won't stop the project if they decide something needs to be done, which is unlikely as that region has been cleaned up. Decades ago. Even if they had to remove some material, it will just mean a delay.

A site that will need some work environmental wise is the Williamsburg Warehouse site (where that large fire occurred). But like anything else, once its cleaned up, it will be buildable.

It should only need one environmental study and approval for construction. Anymore, and its just blowing smoke.
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Thanks. This is one of my favorite park projects at the moment. This should be great for the city!
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I really hope this gets built and the stupid too much time having yuppie NIMBYs can shove it.
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Judge Gives the Go Ahead to Barry Diller’s Pier 55 Floating Park



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Billionaire media mogul (and husband to Diane von Furstenberg) Barry Diller just had a big victory in his road to constructing Pier 55, a $130 million, futuristic floating park off 14th Street. As reported by the Post, the Manhattan Supreme Court dismissed a case against the development that claimed it could have a negative environmental impact, wiping out local species such as the American eel and shortnose sturgeon.

Justice Joan Lobis, who noted she enjoys biking along the Hudson, said the project did go through the appropriate environmental review process, which found that it “would not cause significant adverse impacts on the aquatic habitat.” Though the plaintiffs, the civic group known as the City Club of New York, have vowed to appeal the decision, construction is currently set to begin later this year.
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this will be so great -- build barry build!
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With final regulatory approval, construction of Meatpacking District park is expected to begin this summer

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The site of the future 2.7-acre Hudson River park funded by Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg has cleared its final regulatory hurdle, the Hudson River Park Trust announced Wednesday.

Construction of Pier55, as the park-on-a-pier will be known, is now expected to begin this summer, the trust said.

The park will include grassy hills, an open-air stage and a separate area that can be used for large events, all constructed on pilings in the Hudson River. Plans for the park were first announced in 2014, and since then have received several approvals and beaten back a lawsuit. On Wednesday, the trust said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave the final thumbs-up needed to begin building.

"We are excited to be in a position to start construction,” Madelyn Wils, chief executive of the trust, said in a statement.

The project is being built through a partnership between the trust and a nonprofit created by Diller and von Furstenburg, who have contributed $113 million to fund most of the park’s construction.
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Panel of judges bar further work on the 2.7-acre park Pier55 until an appeal is heard this fall

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An appellate court on Thursday halted construction on Pier55, a proposed 2.7-acre park that will stand on piles in the Hudson River. Crews had just begun work on the $130 million green space, which is largely funded by media mogul Barry Diller and fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg.

The opponents, led by the City Club of New York, filed suit in state Supreme Court in June 2015, arguing that the Hudson River Park Trust, the entity that manages and operates the park, did not go through the proper channels to launch the project and didn't adequately study the potential environmental impacts of Pier55. While a Manhattan judge tossed out that suit in April, the club appealed. A state appellate court issued a preliminary injunction and ordered work to stop until the case is heard in September and a ruling is handed down.

"The project is significantly imperiled at this point, and we are very happy about that," said Richard Emery, an attorney at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady, who represents the plaintiffs. "We think this is a project borne of secrecy and deception, and should not be part of the city landscape without a very different approach to getting public and government approvals."

In April, the trust announced that it had reached its final milestone when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed off on the project.On Thursday, the trust reacted to the court's ruling.

"This time-wasting and out-of-touch lawsuit is an insult not just to the local community board, which overwhelmingly supports this project, but to the New Yorkers from across the city who will enjoy this park for years to come,” a spokesman for the Trust said in a statement, later adding, "It has become dishearteningly clear that this case has nothing to do with environmental impacts, and not once have the plaintiffs produced an expert who can say the project will cause environmental harm."

The City Club has two other pending lawsuits against the project in state and federal court.

“By continuing its misguided crusade, the City Club is obstructing the will of the local community and undermining a much-needed effort to create new public parks in New York City," said a spokesman for Pier55 Inc., a nonprofit that will help operate the park.
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Follow up to the info above. Its back on track for now.

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A New York appeals court modified a temporary order Monday to stop work at Barry Diller’s Pier 55, allowing construction of the floating park to proceed for now.

The City Club of New York sued to block the project last year. A state judge dismissed the suit in April, but the civic organization appealed and on June 30 won a preliminary injunction halting construction work. The latest court order allows some construction work to proceed until a hearing in the case, which is scheduled for September.

Barry Diller and his wife Diane von Furstenberg jointly donated $113 million to the project, a 2.3-acre public park on a platform over the Hudson River. The Hudson River Park Trust is overseeing construction, and also contributed $39.5 million.

The City Club of New York opposes the project in its current form, arguing it should first undergo an environmental review.

“Now that both state and federal courts have denied its demand for an injunction, the City Club should take this cue to finally end its absurd crusade against the wishes of the community,” a spokesperson for the project said in a statement.
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Summer Construction Complete at Barry Diller-Funded Island Park

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The planned summer construction for the Barry Diller-funded island park on the Hudson River is complete, a spokesman for the project said.

Diller is putting forward $130 million for a new pier off Hudson River Park just below 14th Street, known as Pier55. Over the past few weeks, Hunter Robert Construction Group drove in the first nine piles that will support the new pier between the dilapidated pilings of the former Piers 54 and 56.

The nine piles mark the initial work of the first phase of construction and had to be driven in this summer in order to meet the pier's construction timeline of completion in 2019.

The construction almost didn't happen, however, thanks to three lawsuits pending against the project in various state courts.

The lawsuits were brought by a civic organization, the City Club of New York, and a local environmentalist, Rob Buchanan, who believe the review of the environmental impacts of the construction was not thorough enough and take issue with the fact that the Hudson River Park Trust may charge money for some performances in Pier55's eventual 700-person amphitheater.

The amphitheater will host arts performances amid 2.7 acres of walking paths, open lawns, seating areas and undulating hills designed by Thomas Heatherwick and landscape architect Signe Nielsen.



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^ i looked at that today. it looks like the concrete platforms sticking out of the bikeway and also those pilings were done.

not sure how they plan to work around all the old wooden sunken pier pilings. that will be tricky.
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