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    The press release announcing the opening ...

    HUDSON RIVER PARK TO OPEN PIERS 62 AND 63 IN CHELSEA

    WHAT: The Grand Opening of the Newest Section of Hudson River Park

    WHEN: Monday, May 17, 2010, 10:00 AM

    WHERE: Hudson River Park’s Pier 62 @ W. 23rd Street & the Hudson River


    The newest section of Hudson River Park, New York’s premier waterfront recreational venue and the largest new open space to be built in Manhattan since Central Park – will officially open to the public on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 10:00 am. The two new piers and adjacent uplands join Pier 64 – opened last year – to form the largest new green space in Hudson River Park at just over nine acres. The new Chelsea construction includes a “great” lawn, a Stonefield landscape created by artist Meg Webster, a magnificent public garden designed by Lynden Miller, a new California-style skate park (already tested by Tony Hawk!), and the city’s only Hudson River animals’ carousel. The Chelsea section of the Park, including Piers 62, 63, and 64, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, is the newest jewel in Hudson River Park’s emerald necklace of waterfront piers and promenades.

    The Pier 62 Skatepark will open to the public immediately following the conclusion of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

    The Pier 62 Carousel is scheduled to open on or before Memorial Day weekend.

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    I was just down there... lot of work left getting the pavers down on the walking paths.
    However the plantings and other amenities in this new section are stunning!

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    Curbed recently had a prelude, with a sneak peek of the carousel ...

    Hudson River Park Gets Ready to Spin Right Round, Baby

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    As a prelude to tomorrow's opening, some shots through and over the fence from recent days ...

























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    Looks great. I've biked past it a lot and I love seeing it evolve. Can't wait to come back in 30 years to see how the waterfront has matured.

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    Flock of geese taking a break before they head for LaGuardia. ^

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    Meanwhile, hope they don't leave too much behind and spoil a good stretch-out on the lawn.

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    When referring to the dull and compromised colors favored by his upper middle glass clients, Sert would use the word, "goose shit". It's a color favored by the taste-challenged ... because it represents nothing at all.

    (Except goose shit.)

    Hilton Head Island is covered from head to toe by this spectrum of colors (dull olive to dull khaki). The people there think this represents Good Taste.

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    It's open ... and fantastic. Geese were present and accounted for.

    Curbed has the news, with lots of pics of the skatepark and carousel in action ...

    Hudson River Park's Chelsea Cove Taken Out for a Spin

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    That lawn looks like a little Sheep Meadow.

    Are the wraps ever coming off that Selldorf building?

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    The lawn there is HUGE. And nicely arranged so the the Hiway is out of site.

    The Selldorf tower at 200 Eleventh is taking forever, but ...

    There's now a sign up on the door of the lobby (which is complete) saying "Welcome!" with phone numbers stating that owners should call the "Resident Manager for entry."

    They just painted the west facing wall -- it's a big slab of stucco that had been white forever, and now it's grey. Most of the stainless steel trim has gone up on the facade. Seems they're waiting for some additional pieces of the terracotta to finish the base facade (maybe a few pieces broke?). And the ground level entry for the "Sky Garage" amenity looks nearly done, both on Eleventh and around the corner at the exit point on West 35th.

    The views from up there, across Chelsea Park and now Chelsea Cove to the Hudson, must be stunning.

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    I walked past there one night last year when it was closed and it looked like there was a lot of work going on. I had no idea this is what it would be. I'll have to get down there and check it out for myself.

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    The website for California Skateparks, the crew that constructed the skatepark at Pier 62, has some great shots of the way they put this thing together.

    The entire skatepark is built out of foam, with a hard surface. Although it looks like the skaters are going to kill themselves when they wipe out on what appears to be concrete, the surface actually has a give to it. One guy told me that there are areas where he foam is 14 FEET deep!!

    Some great shots from last week showing Tony Hawk trying it out ...

    Tony Hawk Visits Pier 62

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    ESPN has news of the opening, with photos & vid of the skatepark ...

    Pier 62 Skatepark NYC Opening Day

    Cali-style concrete in the Big Apple

    Today New York City christened a brand new public skatepark in Manhattan right along the river on the west side of town. Designed and constructed by Californa Skateparks and Site Design Group, the new park is located on Pier 62 at the westernmost end of 22nd street in the Chelsea neighborhood. It's 15,000 square feet and is open 8am till dusk every day. It features an enclosed bowl that tops out in the deep end at 10 feet with pristine pool coping. The remainder of the park consists of a massive flow section and street elements circling the periphery. The whole park is oval in shape and blended into the landscape of the newly renovated pier area.

    I spoke with David Katz, Vice President of Marketing and Events for the Hudson River Park and he explained that the facility is an unsupervised skate at your own risk facility. Rules and safety regulations are posted at the park's entrance and a revolving door ensures that the park can only be accessed by skaters and rollerbladers (no bikes at this one). Present at the opening and already ripping the park were Fiveboro's Willy Akers and Danny Falla along with Coda's Pat Smith, Traffic's Bobby Puleo and some East Coast OGs including Sean Kelling, Steve Nardone and more. Given the volume on opening day (a school day at that), this spot's probably going to be crowded for some time to come. It will be interesting to see how the NYC street skaters adapt and improve with their new access to overhead transition and bowl walls with vert on them. With this park alongside the soon-to-be-completed Maloof Money Cup plaza park in Queens* and the new concrete projects making headway in the Bronx, we'll likely be seeing some heavy hitting all-terrain rippers coming out of the five boroughs in the next few years.

    Breaking Ground at the Maloof Money Cup

    *Corona Park in Queens will be hosting the NYC edition of the Maloof Money Cup and some heavy hitters were on hand to break the ground.

    This is what they're building in Queens:


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    Photo Gallery of Opening Day / Ribbon Cutting from Friends of Hudson River Park

    Photo Gallery of the Carousel from Friends of Hudson River Park

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