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    I was in LIC a couple of weeks ago and forgot to post these views of the new Hunter's Point South Park. Decided the project should have its own thread.

    The waterfront is complete to 54th Ave.






    How quickly attitudes change. There's a dedicated bikeway along Center Blvd, but it ends at the not-too-old Gantry Plaza State Park. There the street is unbike-friendly cobblestone.






    As you'd expect, the views are outstanding.





    There's a new high school. Hopefully, the streetscape won't be as dismal as parts of Queens West.








    The Peninsula in Phase II



    I didn't get a shot of the oval lawn. It's actually an artificial turf field. Nice they integrated it into the park design.
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    Documents and other project info:

    NYCEDC - Hunter's Point South

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    Crit> Hunter's Point South Park

    Alan G. Brake explores New York's newest waterfront park by Thomas Balsley Associates and Weiss/Manfredi.


    Hunter's Point South Park.
    Albert Vecerka / Esto

    As New York City's Bloomberg administration comes to an end, one of its major accomplishments is coming into focus: the construction of a new middle-income neighborhood on the formerly industrial waterfront of Long Island City, Queens. Known as Hunter's Point South, the area includes thousands of apartments (many of which are permanently affordable), ground floor retail, a bold new school by FXFOWLE Architects, and an expansive new park designed by Thomas Balsley Associates and Weiss/Manfredi.

    The park’s design displays clever pragmatism that capitalizes on the site’s assets. Lacking a dedicated conservancy, this city park needs to be tough and low maintenance. Balsley, a veteran of city public space projects, has figured out how to pack a visual and programmatic punch within a constrained budget.




    The newly completed first phase is divided into four distinct zones: to the south a sandy “beach,” at the center a large lawn and amphitheater, to the north a decorative “rail garden,” and finally a dog park. The lawn is dominated by a large oval surrounded by curved, stepped terraces which create an amphitheater to watch games or take in the magnificent view of the East River and the midtown skyline. The oval serves a number of functions: it creates a focal point for the park, which opens up views on axis with the street; it also cleverly separates natural turf areas from the artificial turf within the oval (if the natural grass is green, the artificial turf appears seamless with the natural); it also serves as an athletic field for the new school across the street.


    Weiss/Manfredi consolidated various park functions—bathrooms, storage, concession stand, shade structure—into one large curving pavilion that echoes the shape of the oval. A pleated metal canopy—angled to accommodate photovoltaic panels, which power the structure—extends almost to the water’s edge, and provides shade for a nearby ferry launch. Together, the oval and pavilion create a formal element that makes the park appear larger than it is, and one that emphasizes the horizon, including the UN, the Empire State building, and Kahn’s FDR Four Freedoms memorial.

    North of the oval, the “rail garden” includes tracks aligned with the original right of way, punctuated by grasses and edged by walls of board-formed concrete. The designers used standard issue city streetlights, but shortened the posts to create more human scaled lighting, one of many resourceful and budget-conscious decisions. The garden is meant to recall the area’s industrial past, and while it is a pleasant space, it feels more like a threshold between the large lawn and the adjacent dog run than a destination of its own.






    A new separated bike path lines the eastern edge of the park. Bioswales with gabion walls capture stormwater, and the entire park is designed to withstand floods and storm surges (the park, then under construction, survived Hurricane Sandy largely unscathed).

    When the economy stalled the Bloomberg administration wisely pushed ahead with construction of the park and the school, correctly guessing that housing would quickly rebound and that the neighborhood would function better with these public amenities in place. Hunters Point South may stand as a good example of when Bloomberg’s integrated approach to architecture, landscape, real estate development, and public services actually lived up to his vision. In any case, residents of Queens now have an excellent new neighborhood park with a world-class view. For those from outside the area, it is well worth the ride on the 7 train, or better yet, the Bloomberg-approved East River Ferry.

    Alan G. Brake










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    Wow that's really nice, thanks for that Zippy.

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    Does the school look nice in person?

    P.S. The park is very beautiful!

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    This is one of my favorite large-scale developments around. Good variation in heights around the block. A ring of parks (as opposed to towers in the park). The extension of the street grid.

    The site plan above is really only for the parks, though. This entire development actually extends east from here as well. I am also hoping the planned pedestrian bridge between here and Greenpoint gets built too, as that's really a game changer connecting the two neighborhoods.

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    Hunter's Point as seen from East 29th Street in Manhattan


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    Hunter's Point as seen from First Avenue and East Fortieth Street in Manhattan


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    Some amazing views of HPS as seen from Pulaski Bridge - by NYguy at Skyscraperpage:

    http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...&postcount=147

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    What I've always wondered about is the story behind the boats. Are those homeless people? Squatters? They seem to be there permanently and it would seem a strange place to moor your boat at such an unofficial location with questionable access paths


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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonGecko View Post
    What I've always wondered about is the story behind the boats. Are those homeless people? Squatters? They seem to be there permanently and it would seem a strange place to moor your boat at such an unofficial location with questionable access paths

    Well I can tell you that during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s here in Jersey City there was the "Greene Street Boat Club" at Greene Street and Morris Canal Little Basin. Some were living there and were fishing enthusiasts. They did not own the property and were viewed as squatters. My guess is that those boats are being used and maintained there in the same fashion.


    http://www.flickriver.com/photos/wavz13/4083038610/

    Another great picture:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/wavz13/4061450419/



    Some info about the Greene Street Boat Club:
    http://hudsoncountyfacts.com/hudsoncounty/?p=332

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    11.23.13

    Avalon has Less Riverview

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