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    Default Pier 64 - Hudson River Park

    Pier 64 is condemned; the pier shed is empty. A pier headhouse was demolished in mid-1997 to make room for public access.

    Pier 64 and Empire State Building. 9 March 2003.

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    Concrete piles being driven at new pier 64

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    Default Frying Pan to move "near to" pier 64

    I have visited this pier many times over the years; it is literally a floating work-of-art done in the "found-object" mode of representation. Rusty old chains, flower pots, and various 'pieces of junk' are are all artfully composed into a delightful feast for the eye. This pier offers free public access year-round; but my favorite time of year to visit is in the spring when the place is decked out out with fresh flowers. I do know some of the people who run the place - one in particular has got a great "eye" for art of the 'found object variety'.

    The new temporary location (see aerial views) is at about 26th street.

    BTW.... that reminds me, has anyone seen the Yankee lately?

    Article from New York Magazine
    For once, rumors of the Frying Pan's demise aren't greatly exaggerated: The venue-cafe's lease on Pier 63 has expired along with Basketball City's. (The city plans to build a new section of Hudson River Park where the railroad barge anchoring the Pan now floats.) Angela Krevy, wife of Steve, the owner, says not to worry: Pending recently commenced negotiations, the John J. Harvey fireboat, the Frying Pan, the kayak storage shed, and the recently opened Cafe du Soleil will tie up at Pier 66A, an old float bridge, and the Pan will serve food at another newly installed section of the park as early as next spring. Question is, will it remain a center of summertime decadence, given the crackdown on West Chelsea nightlife and the fact that it will have to apply for a new liquor license? If nothing else, the operating hours will be abbreviated: The park closes at 1 a.m. "A lot of people want it to open up as same type of facility," Krevy says. "We're hoping that will happen." —Daniel Maurer
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    Disgruntled Optimist lofter1's Avatar
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    The Chelsea Cove section of HRP covering Piers 62, 63 & 64 (just north of the Chelsea Piers complex) are making progress.

    The north end of this section at Pier 64 looks like it's nearly ready to open ...

    A month ago:

    This week:

    Pier 62:

    The big skateboarding park on Pier 62:

    At the base of Pier 62 / 63 they're getting the planting areas ready:

    Chelsea Cove - HRP

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    Pier 64 is now open (i was on it today)!
    This section looks like it will be a great place to lay out as it's planted with a lot of inviting real grass,
    and trees- not all fenced off, and wild, like the parts further north.
    It's nice to be able to walk so far along the water now, without having to detour onto the bike path!

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    Awesome, thanks for the heads-up, I've been chomping at the bit waiting to get out there. Something about its gradual uphill grade makes it alluring.

    Next up, Pier 62.

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    Thumbs up Pier 64 Open to the Public

    Great news ^

    Word from HRP is that the "official" opening (when the pols & cams show up) has been re-set to an unspecified date ("on again, off again") but meanwhile the public is able to enjoy the "soft opening" of Pier 64.

    Note that Pier 64 only comprises ~ 1/3 of the HRP area north of Chelsea Piers; in the image HERE the newly-opened area is the long pier at the right and the area immediately right (north) of that. All the area south of Pier 64 is still under construction.

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    Volume 3, Number 22 | The Weekly Newspaper of Chelsea | May 7 - 21, 2009

    Chelsea Now photos by Patrick Hedlund
    Robert Trentlyon shows some original renderings for the Chelsea park and piers dating back to the 1980s. Lower left: Rob Popolow practices his sword skills at dusk on the pier’s lawn. Lower right: Looking east from the end of the pier

    For sunbathers and samurai, Pier 64 makes grand debut

    By Patrick Hedlund

    The first of Chelsea’s trio of waterfront parks, Pier 64, recently opened to the public, marking the halfway point for construction of the 5-mile-long Hudson River Park.
    The Michael Van Valkenburgh-designed pier, between 24th and 26th Sts., features an extended mall jutting into the Hudson River with open seating, sloping lawns and English oak trees lining the length of the 500-foot pier.

    “Each addition to Hudson River Park makes this magnificent treasure an even greater gift to our city and state,” said Diana Taylor, chairperson of the Hudson River Park Trust, the city-state public authority that oversees construction of the park, in a statement. “It is thrilling to witness the continued construction progress as the park becomes a beautiful finished product.”

    Pier 64 is one of three that will make up the Chelsea section of Hudson River Park, also known as Chelsea Cove. Two others, Piers 62 and 63, are currently under construction and scheduled to open next year. When complete, Chelsea’s waterfront parkland will measure more than 9 acres in total.

    Robert Trentlyon, founder of the Chelsea Waterside Park Association, has spent more than two decades working to realize the piers’ redevelopment. Ahead of Pier 64’s official opening, he took us on an April 23 walking tour—the date of his 80th birthday, no less—reminiscing on the many years he spent advocating for public open space on the waterfront.

    “I said, ‘Where can we put a park?’” Trentlyon explained, remembering the time in the mid-’80s when Chelsea had only 7.5 acres of total parkland, and the city started exploring what could be done with the waterfront after abandoning a plan for the West Side Highway.

    So, he set out with likeminded advocates Edward Kirkland and Dorris Corrigan, and elected officials State Sen. Franz Leichter, Assemblymember Richard Gottfried and District Leader Thomas Duane.

    “All of us have been working on this since ’86,” Trentlyon noted. (Indeed, more than 20 years later, Leichter is now a member of the Trust’s Board of Directors, Gottfried still holds his Assembly post, and Duane is the district’s state senator.)

    Back then, Trentlyon ran into landscape architect Thomas Balsley, who later designed the Chelsea Waterside Park. They spent time brainstorming on what could be done with the waterfront space, and Balsley would come back with renderings based on what Trentlyon and the others were considering.

    “I instantly fell in love with the language of landscape architects,” said Trentylon, who was then editor-in-chief of the community paper The Chelsea-Clinton News. “We had fun.”

    Former State. Sen. Fred Orenstein then recommended to Governor Mario Cuomo that Trentlyon be appointed to the West Side Task Force, which had been set up to address what could be developed in place of the failed West Side Highway project.

    “They agreed that there should be a park on the West Side,” he said. “There had been a lot of discussion of apartment houses on the piers.”

    Later, Trentlyon and others would fight to get the community board and the Hudson River Park’s governing body to agree that the massive shed covering Pier 64 needed to be removed for construction, but they eventually won support to develop the pier as passive space.

    Reflecting on the landscape he helped create, Trentlyon referenced an old movie by acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, in which the main character realizes his dying wish to turn a rundown cesspool into a children’s playground.

    “I think they’ve done a beautiful job,” he said of the finished product.

    How’s that for a birthday present?

    2008 Community Media, LLC

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    North of pier 64 in Hudson River Park (pier 66A I think) is where the Frying Pan is now docked and it looks like they have settled in for the long haul. I recently stopped over there on a short Kayak trip and the place looks as good from the river as it does from the shore. This is a great spot to stop over to get a bit to eat, a drink at the snack bar, or just use the bathroom facilities. This place is a must-see if you happen to be in the area: and tell them you read about the 'Frying Pan' here on Wiredny.
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    After four years, the Pier 64 lawn looks great.

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