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    Pier 54 Events

    June Events

    27 June 2009, Saturday, 5pm – 11pm, Heritage of Pride’s Rapture on the River
    28 June 2009, Sunday, 4pm – 10:30pm, Heritage of Pride’s Dance on the Pier
    July Events

    8 July 2009, Wednesday, 8:30pm, River Flicks – Iron Man (PG13)
    9 July 2009, Thursday, 6pm, River Rocks – Matt & Kim
    12 July 2009, Sunday, 6:30pm, Moon Dance – Swing with George Gee Big Band
    15 July 2009, Wednesday, 8:30pm, River Flicks – Vicky Cristina Barcelona (PG13)
    19 July 2009, Sunday, 6:30pm, Moon Dance – Tango with Hector Del Curto & The Eternal Tango Orchestra
    22 July 2009, Wednesday, 8:30pm, River Flicks – The Dark Knight (PG13)
    23 July 2009, Thursday, 6pm, River Rocks – Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
    26 July 2009, Sunday, 6:30pm, Moon Dance – Latin with Los Hermanos Colon
    29 July 2009, Wednesday, 8:30pm, River Flicks – Hancock (PG13)
    August Events

    2 August 2009, Sunday, 6:30pm, Moon Dance – Latin with Nu Guajiro
    5 August 2009, Wednesday, 8:30pm, River Flicks – Tropic Thunder (R)
    9 August 2009, Sunday, 6:30pm, Moon Dance – Swing with David Berger Jazz Orchestra
    12 August 2009, Wednesday, 8:30pm, River Flicks – Sex and the City: The Movie (R)
    13 August 2009, Thursday, 6 pm, River Rocks – Yeasayer
    19 August 2009, Wednesday, 8:30pm, River Flicks – Pineapple Express (R)
    23 August 2009, Sunday, 2-9pm, Blues and Barbeque

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    Pineapple Express on Aug. 19th
    Not the 12th
    typo on the Pier 54 site

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    I am looking for help in expanding the Pier 54 History page, anyone interested send me a PM.

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    Went to the Iron Man showing. It was great, and my first time doing anything like it. I think next time though I'll just show up closer to start time and lounge near the back as I prefer being able to move freely. Those empanadas looked delicious.

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    Hi everyone, i've been a titanic fan for a very long time but only jsut got around to learnign the history of pier 54 and everything.

    im sure theese might be some photo's youve seen before but i wanted to share them with you because i found them intresting and eary at the same time. Also i just want to point out i didnt take theese photos and i odnt know who did.

    The Entrance way as is today,

    The Entrance way in 1940, The men are longshoremen who are there for a 'shapeup"- where the boss chooses who among them will get to work that day.

    and what i have done here is to merge the two pictures together to show a ghostly image of Past meets present.

    I hope you find theese picture intresting and of some use, i would love to hear your thoughts on them.

    Dan of Spam

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    If you examine the colored picture closely, you can still discern the ghostly legend, "Cunard White Star." (But you knew that.)

    The pier building is gone.

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    I remember seeing this and wondering if this was where the Titanic would have pulled in, I guess I was right.

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    There are two sets of ghost lettering on the beam. Cunard White Star was formed in a 1933 merger. Before that, pier 54 belonged to Cunard. The rescue ship Carpathia was a Cunard vessel, and docked at pier 54 with the Titanic survivors.

    The recovered lifeboats, White Star Line property, were unloaded at White Star's pier 59, the designated docking pier for Titanic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spamuk View Post
    I hope you find theese picture intresting and of some use, i would love to hear your thoughts on them.

    Dan of Spam
    Given our current levels of unemployment these days here in the US, that merged image is very poignant. Great post: hope you keep the spam(UK) coming.

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    Barry Diller contemplates a major investment in Hudson River Park

    Pier 54 at W. 13th Street.
    Ralph Hockens via Flickr

    By Dana Rubinstein

    Media mogul Barry Diller is contemplating a $35 million donation to rescue a languishing pier in Hudson River Park, according to sources familiar with his plans.

    Diller, the chairman of IAC, which owns, among other properties,, the Daily Beast and CollegeHumor, has made a commitment to underwrite the renovation of Pier 54, which juts into the Hudson River at West 13th Street, in the event that the Trust gets matching funds from the city and state.

    To that end, the Trust has asked architectural firms to submit design proposals for the pier.

    "The design proposals or design concepts are either just being delivered or about to be delivered," said James Capalino, a lobbyist and boardmember of the Friends of Hudson River Park, the Trust's fundraising partner.

    "It’s supposed to be an event venue," he said.

    Diller's spokesperson had no immediate comment.

    The Hudson River Park Trust, which is chaired by the mayor's girlfriend, Diana Taylor, and whose president and C.E.O. is former New York City Economic Development Corporation executive Madelyn Wils, is supposed to be self-sustaining.

    But in recent years, it has run into financial difficulties.

    In a January 2012 article detailing the Trust's fiscal challenges, the Times reported that according to Wils, "demolishing and replacing Pier 54, at West 13th Street, where the wood pilings are severely deteriorated, would cost $33 million; constructing its planned amenities would cost an additional $30 million."

    The Trust once held events on the pier, but has been forced to close it due to its state of disrepair.

    The process of soliciting the designs has so far not been made public by the Trust, which declined to say whether the architects are being paid for the proposals. (The Trust's procurement guidelines call for the process to be public when it comes to the planning of major design changes to the park.)

    "Pier 54 is one of the Hudson River Park's last undeveloped public piers and has enormous potential to be another open-space gem for New Yorkers to enjoy," said Stefan Friedman, a spokesman for the Trust, in a statement. "While we have reached out to members in the design community to discuss ideas, we are still in the extremely early stages of this effort. The very moment we have funding for the pier, we will reach out to our partners in the community, and, together, we will determine how best to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity."
    A spokesman for the Trust declined to comment on Diller's plans.

    UPDATE: Justine Sacco, a spokeswoman for Diller, sent over the following statement: "This is all incredibly premature and highly speculative. We’ve been having informal discussions with Hudson River Park Trust about a project but are far from proceeding."

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    Hillside on the Hudson

    Heatherwick unveils floating park above New York City's Hudson River.

    Heatherwickks 2.7-acre floating park will include gardens, cultural venues, and rolling hills.
    Courtesy Heatherwick Studio/MNLA

    The next bold architectural statement planned for Manhattan’s Far West Side will not be a High Line–hugging condo, but an undulating 2.7-acre park anchored nearly 200 feet offshore. Heatherwick Studio and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects designed the futuristic structure, known as Pier 55, which will feature lawns, gardens, and three cultural venues. The floating park and arts destination would be primarily funded by billionaire media mogul Barry Diller and his wife, fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg, who have pledged $113 million of the $130 million total cost. The location of Pier 55 is ideal for the power couple, who both oversee companies headquartered within walking distance of the site. New York City will also be providing $17 million for the pier and New York State is spending $18 million to upgrade the esplanade along the river

    Pier 55 is propped up above the river on 300 concrete piles that essentially double as the park’s planters. These piers rise to varying heights—from 15 feet to 71 feet—to create the effect of a rolling hillside above the Hudson. By lifting the corners, Thomas Heatherwick told AN, the park could add three dimensionality to the riverfront’s profile and create a unique topography that offers sweeping views from the river. “There is no reason, if you need to make a new pier to start off with, and your brief is to put horticulture into that, that that should be as flat as a pancake,” he said.

    The firm’s initial presentation to the Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT) and to Diller and von Fürstenberg happened just hours before Superstorm Sandy swept across New York City. After that point, the brief changed entirely, said Heatherwick. At their lowest point, the cast concrete piers are designed to provide enough clearance for the park during a future storm.

    While Heatherwick is still designing Pier 55’s arts spaces, Diller has announced that an A-list team of performing arts types, including the award-winning film and theater producer Scott Rudin, has been brought on to program them. According to the HRPT, the majority of cultural events will be free or close to free. Through a nonprofit, called “Pier55,” Diller and von Fürstenberg will fund the costs of this programming, as well as day-to-day operations, and maintenance for the next 20 years.

    Pier 55 would replace the crumbling Pier 54, which holds a significant place in maritime history: It was the first departure point of the Lusitania and where survivors from the Titanic were brought ashore. According to the New York Times, the HRPT wanted to rebuild the historic pier, but did not have funds to do it. Diller was then brought in, and the largely secretive design competition that would culminate in Heatherwick’s design was launched.

    A public hearing about the plan—specifically, the proposed 20-year lease between the HRPT and the Pier55 non-profit to redevelop the site—is scheduled for December 17. As it stands now, construction is expected to start in 2016.

    The Diller–von Furstenberg Family Foundation is expected to cover any cost overruns.

    Henry Melcher

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    It's hard to see in the aerial shot, but there's an at-grade crosswalk across Route 9A at W13th St.

    There are two other projects at this location:

    1. The Pier 54 Connector Project will widen the esplanade from Gansevoort to W14 by building out over the water, similar to what was done at the East River north of the Maritime Building.

    2. NYS DOT Route 9A W13 St Crosswalk.

    Proposed Lease agreement (diagrams start on page 130):

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    Lease Deal for Pier 55 Park in Hudson River Is Approved

    FEB. 11, 2015

    A rendering of the proposed park and performance space to be known as Pier 55 in Manhattan.
    Heatherwick Studio, via Associated Press

    Plans for a cultural island in the Hudson River took a step forward on Wednesday, when the Hudson River Park Trust approved a lease agreement with a group controlled by Barry Diller that plans to help create a new $130 million pier with performance spaces and sylvan paths.

    The lease agreement would be between the trust, the public benefit corporation that oversees development of the four-mile park and Pier 55 Inc., a nonprofit organization headed by Mr. Diller, a billionaire and prominent figure in the media industry.

    Mr. Diller, chairman of IAC/InterActiveCorp and former head of Paramount Pictures and Fox, has pledged $113 million through a family foundation to construct the park. The balance will come from New York City. Pier 55 Inc. will also operate and program the 2.4-acre pier, which will jut 186 feet into the river from the shoreline at 13th Street.

    Some residents and elected officials, while acknowledging Mr. Diller’s generous philanthropy, have complained about the secrecy with which the proposed park was hatched. And environmental groups have demanded a full environmental review, pointing out that the new pier would involve construction in an undisturbed area of the river that is a designated estuarine sanctuary.

    Pier 55, as the new space will be called, would replace the existing, but dilapidated, Pier 54. That pier would be razed, leaving a field of piles in the river, and the new parallelogram-shaped pier would be built immediately north atop 300 concrete columns that will range in height from 15 feet to 62 feet above the water.

    The Army Corps of Engineers and the State Department of Environmental Conservation will also need to sign off on the new pier before construction, scheduled for 2016, could begin. In the 1980s, environmental concerns helped defeat the proposal to build a superhighway, known as Westway, along the river on the West Side of Manhattan.

    Hudson River Park is a city-state hybrid created by state legislation in the late 1990s. The idea was to repurpose a series of piers along the river’s edge, converting them to lawns, skate parks, restaurants, playgrounds — all connected by a bicycle and walking path. The park, which is supposed to be self-sustaining, would have its maintenance and operations paid for by the development. But it is still only 70 percent finished.

    The trust has had financial setbacks in recent years. One of the planned commercial sites, Pier 40 at Houston Street, is so deteriorated that it now needs at least $100 million worth of repairs.

    The trust has had no luck in attracting a suitable development proposal there, partly because of the pier’s condition, and the latest plan calls for funding the repairs through the sale of development rights.

    Mr. Diller and the trust’s chairwoman, Diana L. Taylor, began talking a few years ago about Pier 54. At the time, he pledged $35 million, but the project ballooned to $130 million, as his vision of a cultural pier with three performance sites grew.

    To direct the arts spaces, Mr. Diller has enlisted a high-profile quartet: George C. Wolfe, the former artistic director of the Public Theater; Stephen Daldry, the British film and theater director and producer; Kate Horton, a British theater executive, and Scott Rudin, the film and theater producer.

    Community Board 2, whose district includes Greenwich Village, voted last month in support of the project and praised the “promise of high-quality arts programing.” But it but also voiced “concerns about the future funding” of the pier. In particular, the community board worried what would happen if Pier 55 Inc. had financial troubles in the future, or vacated the lease.

    The 20-year lease has an option to renew for another 10 years. Madelyn Wils, the trust’s president, said she felt confident that “all the protections we need to make sure the project is financed” were in place. She added that in 30 years the park should be completed, along with its planned commercial development, which will support all park operations, including those of Pier 55.

    The environmental group Riverkeeper has called on the trust to perform an environmental-impact statement. Among the group’s concerns about the new pier are the potential for storm-water runoff, harm to the river sediment from driving hundreds of new piles and the impact of new shady areas on habitat.

    “Shading changes the interaction between fish species and affects the ecosystem dynamic,” said Sean Dixon, a staff attorney for Riverkeeper.

    Instead of a full environmental impact statement, the trust completed an environmental assessment form, with fewer requirements. The trust defended its actions, noting that the form was more than 200 pages.

    “We take our role as stewards of the Hudson River Park sanctuary seriously,” Ms. Wils said in a statement. “And that’s exactly why we not only conducted a thorough environmental review in accordance with state law, but went beyond what was required by inviting public comment on that review.”

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    Construction started to widen the esplanade area from Gansevoort to W14th St, approx the width of the original pier headhouse platform. Bikeway realigned, bus stop layby added at W14 St, and crosswalk landing at W13 St. Pier 54 arch and granite foundation will remain as artifacts.

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