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    Default Pier 54 (AKA Pier 55) - Hudson River Park

    Pier 54 is hosting many events during this summer.

    North Fork Bank presents the concert series, featuring exciting new artists.Staged in a festival setting, complete with food and drink, these events promise an evening of fun and entertainment.

    8/7 The Walkmen with special guests Adam Green and The Oranges Band.
    Doors Open: 6pm
    Show Starts: 7pm

    Enjoy all time great movies under the stars! Every Wednesday evening at Pier 54 from July 6 – August 29. Movies begin at dusk (generally between 8 – 8:30 pm). Seating available.

    Wednesdays/Pier 54
    8/06 Unforgiven
    8/13 8 Mile
    8/20 Road to Perdition
    8/27 Pulp Fiction

    Fri, 08/22/03
    6:00 pm CD101.9 Jazz Festival: George Benson & Brian Culbertson Pier 54-Hudson River Park
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    Sat, 08/23/03
    1:00 pm CD101.9 Jazz Festival: Will Downing & Chuck Loeb Pier 54-Hudson River Park
    New York, NY
    on sale now *

    Sat, 08/23/03
    8:00 pm CD101.9 Jazz Festival: Natalie Cole & Chris Botti Pier 54-Hudson River Park
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    Sun, 08/24/03
    1:00 pm CD101.9 Jazz Festival: Spyro Gyra, Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty, & Stanley Jordan Pier 54-Hudson River Park
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    A concert on Pier 54 and the construction of Hotel Gansevoort. 26 July 2003.

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    Pier 54 events this summer:

    L.A.'s Rooney hit its pop culture apex when the five-piece rock group appeared on an episode of "The O.C."

    Now the band will open the 4th Annual Hudson River Rocks Series on June 6. These are those lovely sundowner shows on Pier 54, 14th Street and the Hudson River, (212) 533-PARK.

    Appearing with Rooney are L.A.'s Ozma and Straylight Run.

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    JUNE 26
    DANCE Shescape and Heritage of Pride proudly present Rapture on the River after the Dyke March. DJ Kris Kono will spin. $25 after May 31; $35 at the event. Pier 54 in Hudson River Park. 5pm-10:30pm.

    JUNE 27
    DANCE Heritage of Pride presents the annual Pier Dance. DJs Tony Moran and Robbie Leslie will be spinning. $50 after May 31; no tickets will be sold at the pier. Pier 54 in Hudson River Park. 4pm-11pm.

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    The Dances on Gay Pride Weekend have really been unequaled. The closest event in attendance, size, and sheer spectacle was Wigstock. Anyone know if this pier will ever be rebuilt?

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    Pier 54 events from Hudson River Park

    River Rocks

    July 22, 7pm
    Bands to be announced

    Aug 19, 7pm
    Guided by Voices
    Somewhere between the British Invasion and prog rock, Guided By Voices are taking leave of your senses. ‘Half Smiles Of The Decomposed’, to be released August 24 will be the final album from these lo-fi indie rock giants, one of the most acclaimed independent rock bands of all time.

    Blues, BBQ & Fireworks featuring Grammy winner Koko Taylor
    Aug 15, 2-9pm

    This year’s 5th Annual Festival promises another hot line-up with the Queen of the Blues, Grammy winning Koko Taylor as the headliner. Popular local BBQ restaurants will sell their specialties followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this premier Hudson River Park event.

    River Flicks

    Dusk, generally between 8-8:30pm
    Enjoy all-time great movies under the stars! Every Wednesday evening at Pier 54. Movies begin at dusk (generally between 8-8:30pm.) Seating is available. Free Popcorn. Beverages are for sale.

    July 3 The Ring
    July 14 The Thing
    July 21 Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
    July 28 Freaks
    Aug 4 Scream
    Aug 11 Creepshow
    Aug 18 House of Wax (1953 version)
    Aug 25 Sleepy Hollow

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    Dale DeGroff introduces Xellent Vodka and celebrates

    Dale DeGroff, master mixologist and author of “The Craft of the Cocktail”, has joined forces with the national importer, The Spirit of Hartford, LLC to introduce XELLENT VODKA this summer in the United States.

    The initial introduction will be held as part of Swiss National Day, at Pier 54 on the Hudson on July 31st from 5pm to 10pm. The Swiss community in New York, for the first time invites New Yorkers and friends to celebrate Switzerland’s 713th birthday.

    The event will allow guests to learn more about America’s ‘Sister Republic’ Switzerland. Co-hosted by several New York Swiss Associations and the Hudson River Park Trust, the celebration showcases a unique mix of tradition and contemporary Swiss culture, products and cuisine. What an Xellent way to introduce the first and only Swiss Vodka.

    Up until the late 1990’s, it was illegal to distill grains grown in Switzerland. This law changed in 2002 and the first ever, only SWISS VODKA was created. DIWISA (Distillerie Willisau SA), a family owned distillery north of Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, and near the Swiss Alps, is proud to present. XELLENT VODKA

    The quality of any vodka depends on three crucial factors:
    • Grains – pure, top-quality Swiss Rye.
    • Distillation – the fermented mash is carefully distilled in a traditional, small copper alembic stills. In the second and third phase, the spirit is purified in a column still with 45 plates which refines the product to more than 96% pure.
    • Water – The quality and the purity of the water used in XELLENT VODKA is critical and comes from the Titlis glacier at the heart of central Switzerland.

    Finally, the product is filtered several times. With all the clarity of pure crystal, only now will it satisfy the palate of the discerning connoisseur. The bottle itself is unique, with a shape similar to a cocktail shaker. It is bright red and conveys the imagery of Switzerland and the Swiss flag through its emblem – red with the white cross. There is no other super / ultra premium package with this vibrancy and heritage.

    The final product, in limited production, is an artisan creation. Starting with the cultivation of the materials to the bottling in small batches by hand, XELLENT VODKA, the true Spirit of Switzerland is an XELLENT CHOICE.

    XELLENT VODKA is produced by DIWISA in Switzerland and imported into the United States by The Spirit of Hartford, LLC, Hartford, CT. For additional information please visit

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    I came upon this old postcard earlier today showing Piers 54 and 55 sometime between their completion (1910) and when the Miller Highway was completed (1927), showing a nice 4-funnel Cunarder and the West Washington Market.

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    Great postcard! The transformation of the Hudson waterfront has been incredible.

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    More old Pier 54 photos:

    Destroyed by fire on May 5-6, 1932

    Rebuilt and back in service (July 4, 1934)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward
    Pier 54 events from Hudson River Park


    Blues, BBQ & Fireworks featuring Grammy winner Koko Taylor
    Aug 15, 2-9pm

    This year’s 5th Annual Festival promises another hot line-up with the Queen of the Blues, Grammy winning Koko Taylor as the headliner. Popular local BBQ restaurants will sell their specialties followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this premier Hudson River Park event.

    Big Bill Morganfield

    Deborah Coleman (with guitar sideman Hiro Suzuki of Manhattan)

    The Holmes Brothers

    Luther Guitar Jr. Johnson & the Magic Rockers

    Koko Taylor and her Blues Machine

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    The Nomadic Museum, by Shigeru Ban, is being installed on Pier 54. It will house the exhibit Ashes and Snow from March 5 through June 6.

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    Museum to camp on a pier for 3 months

    Downtown Express photo by Talisman Brolin
    The temporary museum is being built from shipping containers.

    By Hemmy So

    Work is finishing on a colossal temporary museum, made from 148 shipping containers, on Pier 54 at W. 13th St.

    Recently relocated from Venice, the Nomadic Museum, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, creates a 45,000-sq.-ft. space from the multi-colored steel shipping containers and recycled paper tubes — used to make the roof.

    “Ashes and Snow,” a multi-media exhibit by artist Gregory Colbert, opens on March 5 in the Nomadic Museum and runs through June 6. The exhibit includes 199 large-scale photographs and a one-hour 35-mm film edited by Oscar winner Pietro Scalia and narrated by actor Lawrence Fishburne.

    “I hope the Nomadic Museum will create an unforgettable experience, demonstrating unique architectural concepts and sustainable practices with a post-industrial feel,” Ban said.

    Ban is known for his structures made from unexpected materials, including the Paper Tube Arch in the Museum of Modern Art sculpture garden.

    Ban was also part of THINK, the architectural team that was the finalist to design the World Trade Center site plan. His team’s plan, the Towers of Culture, included two lattice structures in the shape of the Twin Towers.

    The Nomadic Museum’s interior will feature a floating library with cameras projecting images of Colbert’s books on the walls. Above the wooden walkway entrance, an almost-translucent handmade curtain made of 1 million pressed paper tea bags from Sri Lanka will fall 40 ft. above museumgoers’ heads.

    Colbert’s photographs comprise the bulk of the exhibit. Contexualized in a fictional account of a man’s travels, the photos display Colbert’s own journeys to Asia, Africa and Antarctica to capture interactions between man and animal.

    The Hudson River Park Trust is hosting the exhibit, which is organized by the nonprofit Bianimale Foundation. Conceived by Colbert and environmentalist Giuli Cordara, Bianimale Foundation encourages artistic endeavors to increase public support for the protection and conservation of animals and their natural habitats.

    “I think it’s a wonderful exhibit,” said Christopher Martin, said the Trust’s vice president of public affairs. “It’s something that’s definitely interesting to see and emotionally moving as well.”

    Martin said there had been no objections from the community about giving the pier over for three months to the museum.

    “No, not at all. There was a very warm reception from the community,” he said, noting the proposal was well received by Community Board 2’s Waterfront Committee. “It’ll be finished by the time the summer season starts. It’s not the time of heaviest use.”

    Martin said the Trust will get $300,000 rent from the Nomadic Museum.

    Don MacPherson, chairperson of C.B. 2’s Waterfront Committee, said initially the museum wanted the pier during the peak summer season and into the fall, but the committee got the project to change the dates. Also, he said, the committee got the museum to add one day a week free admission. “We will hold them to it,” he said. The project was approved by C.B. 2’s full board a few months ago.

    Admission to the museum will cost $12 for adults and $6 for seniors and students with I.D.

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    February 24, 2005

    A Dockworkers' Strike? No, It's Art


    The 45,000-square-foot mobile museum on Pier 54.

    A model of the museum.

    eople speeding down the West Side Highway could be forgiven for not looking twice at Pier 54; the shipping containers stacked there are not an uncommon sight on the Manhattan waterfront.

    But in fact, they are passing not just the historic pier on the Hudson River at 13th Street where the Titanic's survivors were discharged, but also a new museum designed by the Tokyo architect Shigeru Ban.

    The 45,000-square-foot structure was expressly built to display "Ashes and Snow," a show of 200 large-scale photographic works by the artist Gregory Colbert that opens March 5 and runs through June 6 before traveling to California and the Vatican.

    It's not just the show that's going out on the road. The entire museum is to be packed in 37 of the 148 cargo containers that form its checkerboard walls. The temporary structure is composed largely of recyclable materials: the roof and columns are made of paper tubes, the steel containers stacked 34 feet high are used, and a handmade curtain to be suspended from the ceiling is made of one million pressed paper tea bags (used, with the tea leaves removed).

    "Shigeru is the Mozart of sustainable architecture," Mr. Colbert said. "Also, from a philosophical point of view, he's done some great public buildings; he says that art shouldn't be for the privileged."

    Mr. Colbert, whose work seeks to capture the mystical relationship between humans and animals, said he approached Mr. Ban because he admired his use of unorthodox materials. The architect's previous designs include the paper tube arch constructed in the sculpture garden of the Museum of Modern Art, the Paper Museum and Paper Church in Japan, and the Paper Refugee Shelter, made of plastic sheets and paper tubes for the United Nations high commissioner for refugees.

    Mr. Colbert said he wanted the Nomadic Museum, like those other Ban projects, to seem accessible to a wide audience.

    "The structure shouldn't be intimidating," he said. "It should feel really inviting. It's a bridge between the arts and the natural sciences. It's not art with a capital A."

    Dean Maltz of Manhattan is the associate architect on the project. The host of the show is the Hudson River Park Trust, which runs the pier and is being paid a fee. Constructing the museum hasn't been easy.

    "You're building on a pier which is a relic, you're over water, and you're trying to build in New York," William Goins, the museum's project manager and producer of an "Ashes and Snow" documentary film, said on a recent bitter cold day.

    As construction continued inside the museum, the shipping containers offered little protection from the wind, though fabric will be stretched across the spaces between them.

    "People should come with a coat," Mr. Ban said.

    He said he was attracted to the project by Mr. Colbert's photographs of elephants and whales - "quite ancient animals," he said - and the ephemeral quality of the building itself.

    "His incredible idea of moving a huge museum was an interesting challenge," he said.

    Mr. Ban chose shipping containers because they had age. "Traveling all over the world," he added, "each container has its own history."

    Other than those used to transport the museum, the containers will change with each location.

    The gallery's main artery is a wooden walkway bordered by stone-filled bays over which Mr. Colbert's unframed artworks will hang from thin cables and suspension rods installed between the 64 columns. The peaked roof trusses are partly made of one-foot-diameter paper tubes that rest on the containers and on columns.

    The center of the museum will feature a floating library where turned pages of the artist's books will project images on the walls. A one-hour film by Mr. Colbert, narrated by Laurence Fishburne, will be continuously projected on a wall in a theater at the museum's far end.

    Mr. Colbert, a Canadian-born artist, began his career in Paris making documentary films about social issues, which led to his work as a fine arts photographer. His first show, "Timewaves," was in 1991 at the Museé de l'Élysée in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    "Ashes and Snow" is organized by Mr. Colbert's Bianimale Foundation, a nonprofit arts and nature conservation group he conceived in 2000 with Giuli Cordara, an environmentalist, the foundation's president.

    The exhibition is underwritten by Rolex, which helped support the first show of "Ashes and Snow" in 2002 at the Venice Arsenale. The museum and exhibition will be at the Santa Monica Pier in California from Dec. 4 through Feb. 28, 2006, and at the Vatican in summer 2006.

    Mr. Ban said that he would redesign the museum slightly each time it moves "depending on different site conditions" but that neither this nor the building's impermanence presented a problem.

    "Three months or three years is not important for me, because the idea lasts," he said.

    "It can be seen by more people all over the world if it moves," he added. "Maybe it remains in your memory if it's gone."

    The mobile museum will house photographs by Gregory Colbert.

    Copyright 2005 The New York Times Company

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    Building the Nomadic Museum from 148 shipping containers, on Pier 54 at W 13th Street. 5 February 2005.

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    Dances With Elephants
    New York City’s newest exhibit explores man’s ancient connection to animals—and the museum itself is part of the intrepid show
    By Brian Braiker
    Updated: 10:17 a.m. ET Feb. 25, 2005

    Feb. 25 - Pop quiz: what new temporary exhibit is a populist artistic event that uses environment-friendly materials to redefine a historic New York City space? If your answer was Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “The Gates,” you were close—but wrong.

    Denizens of Manhattan’s painfully hip meatpacking district have surely already noticed the massive structure—148 shipping containers stacked in an elegant checkerboard pattern, jutting 672 feet out into the Hudson River—and pedestrians throughout the city may have found themselves face to face with enigmatic posters of Zenned-out elephants. For a month beginning March 5, Hudson River Park’s Pier 54 will be home to the Nomadic Museum and photographer Gregory Colbert’s “Ashes and Snow,” a one-man multimedia show. “Just as Christo and Jeanne-Claude put the gates in [Central Park] and changed the way people saw the park, this is perhaps helping New Yorkers rediscover their riverside,” the 44-year-old Colbert tells NEWSWEEK.

    Disdainful of an art world he calls a “very confined ghetto” and typical museums he views as “overbearing white cubes,” Colbert decided to eschew the easy way of showing his photography. The newly reopened Museum of Modern Art was just not going to cut it. So he commissioned architect Shigeru Ban, a finalist to rebuild the World Trade Center, to create a 4,500-square-foot space to house “Ashes and Snow.”

    “A lot of people are intimidated by going to certain museums,” says the photographer. “They don’t feel like they’re sophisticated enough, that they know enough. People rarely have that feeling when they go to a concert or see a film or buy books. This structure was meant to be inviting and not overbearing.” The resulting edifice, the Nomadic Museum, consists of 148 rented and reusable empty cargo containers that make up the walls and humungous recyclable paper tubes that serve as weight-bearing columns. The museum is not only environmentally kind but, as its name suggests, moveable—the shipping container walls will be used to transport the entire show to Los Angeles and then on to Paris, Rome and Beijing.

    Looking at Colbert’s 3-by-10-foot photographs, it becomes clear what appealed to him about Ban’s holistic design, which can be rebuilt to fit into whatever space is available. The 200 photos that comprise the bulk of “Ashes and Snow” are epic yet gentle compositions that will hang suspended in midair between the columns running down the museum’s nave. Over the course of 13 years in India, Sri Lanka, Tonga and elsewhere, Colbert has captured surprising images of people dancing, communing and having sundry special moments with members of the animal kingdom: Hindu temple members frolic with wizened elephants; bushmen lie at the feet of habituated cheetahs. Colbert himself is pictured swimming with a whale. The images, all the more arresting in that they are unmanipulated and naturally lit, are printed on Japanese paper made using 300-year-old techniques. “People in photography love to talk about their toolboxes,” he says. “To me the most important thing in the toolbox is natural light and the species I collaborate with, be it Homo sapiens or elephant or whatever.”

    The exhibit as a whole can be seen as a sort of manifesto. Colbert, who counts as his patrons designer Donna Karan and ecologist-entrepreneur Paul Hawken, echoes Christo’s democratic approach to art; everyone is welcome and he hopes exhibitgoers re-examine their relationships with animals. “If you watched the Super Bowl, half the ads had animals,” he says. “The most frequent contact there is an animal selling them a product.” It’s hard not to admit Colbert is on to something, even as he delivers dippy sentiments like, “We have no framework to look with wonderment in a unified way at these totemic species” and “We humbly bow to our nonhuman collaborators.” The exhibit was organized by the Bianimale Foundation, a nonprofit group he cofounded that works for the conservation of animals and their habitats. And although the exhibit’s chief patron is Rolex, which helped support a 2002 incarnation of “Ashes and Snow” in Venice, Colbert insisted that their logo appear nowhere near the museum.

    “Ashes and Snow” will also include a “floating library” with pages from an epistolary novel written by Colbert projected onto screens. And at the far end of the museum an hourlong film, with narration by the actor Laurence Fishburne over footage of dancing gyr falcons and gamboling pachyderms, will be projected onto a large screen. “I was floored when I first heard about this [project],” says Gordon Baldwin, an associate curator for photographs at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. “The imagery has mythic underpinnings. What impresses me most is that they have an immaculate simplicity. They’re also profoundly moving.”

    While Colbert’s photographs are nothing if not peaceful, the museum’s construction has had its own share of agita. “We’re doing something that’s basically impossible,” says William Goins, a filmmaker who was working on a documentary about the show when he signed up to be the Nomadic Museum’s project manager last August. “There’s nothing comparable to this anywhere.”

    Pier 54, once owned by the Cunard Line, was where the Lusitania first shoved off and where the Titanic’s stunned survivors were deposited. Although studies had concluded that the old pier would bear the weight of the museum, nobody had bothered to calculate whether the cranes required for its construction could be supported. The cranes now operate on an adjacent barge but the tubular columns that arrived first were 11 inches too long. Then the steel wedges that make up the roof became giant kites when river winds swept underneath them as they were lowered onto the building, nearly dragging a crane into the river. Grizzled dockbuilders are putting in 12-hour days, seven days a week to get the structure ready in time. (“Between you and me,” says Steve Medich, the site’s head electrician, pointing to an exhibit poster of a boy kneeling before an elephant, “I don’t get it.”)

    As for Colbert, he stops short of describing himself as an activist, but he says he hopes his work has an impact outside the art world. It is about inclusion, he says. It is about reconnecting people to the natural world. “Is this project a celebration of living nature? Or is this project a requiem?” he asks. “We’re going to find out probably in the next 15 to 20 years.” But for the time being, he remains a cautious optimist.
    © 2005 Newsweek, Inc.


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