I. Love. This.
Everything in those pictures looks fantastic!
I. Love. This.
Everything in those pictures looks fantastic!
It needs piers 25/26 as a focal point. They are tantalizingly just out of reach.
I went past Piers 25 & 26 a couple Sundays ago and it looked like a construction site that had been shut down - very clean, no vehicles or equipment. Has something happened to this project?
At the same time that the fenced-in construction zone was being cleared, the area just to the south, with the batting cages, hoops, and kids' art shack was closed off, and everything ripped up. I don't think they would have done that, with warm weather approaching, if construction had halted.
Last I heard, there's a board meeting of the HRPT tomorrow. Among items on the agenda are approval of several contracts for Chambers St to N Moore St.
Over the past few days stones were graded along the shoreline, plus dozens of those large, white plastic bags filled with something, maybe soil, were brought in. Looks like something's about to happen.
Those white bags usually hold rough stones that don't stack up (cobblestones?).
One of the contracts calls for "paving materials."
That makes sense then - subgrade stones like the ones that have already been spread around. Maybe? Whatever, after watching this park take shape over the past few years we know one thing for sure: whatever they're doing, it won't happen fast. I forget, have they even finalized plans for Pier 26 yet?
As far as I know, only the shell of pier 26 is being completed for now. Funding or disagreement on content. Maybe both.
Went past yesterday and the Piers 25 & 26 area looks like a shut down construction zone if I've ever seen one. I hope I'm wrong, but I think this project is stalled.
Uncertain Future for a Piece of Hudson River Park
By Carl Glassman
THE TRIBECA TRIB / SCHEMATIC DRAWING COURTESY THE HUDSON RIVER PARK TRUST
The wide and artfully landscaped promenade along the Tribeca segment of Hudson River Park terminates abruptly at Laight Street. There, cyclists, strollers and runners squeeze—sometimes precariously—into a narrow path that continues south and is waiting to be rebuilt.
The wait could be long.
A few blocks down the path, between North Moore Street and north of Chambers Street, construction of the Tribeca segment of the park proceeds apace. But the three-block-long portion, linking the section under construction to the built park—slated to include a dog run and a landscaped esplanade with separate bike and foot paths—remains untouched, its completion date uncertain.
“I don’t anticipate the total completion of the separate pedestrian path until 2011 if indeed there is sufficient funding from the state and city,” Connie Fishman, president of the Hudson River Park Trust, the city-state agency that builds and maintains the park, told the Trib in an e-mail.
The two piers in the Tribeca section of the park, Piers 25 and 26, are also part of the project. The cost of a new community boathouse and restaurant to go on Pier 26 is linked to starting the upland work, according to Noreen Doyle, executive vice president of the Trust.
That cost rose after operators of the Downtown Boathouse, which had occupied the original Pier 26, said the design was inadequate. Just how much more it will cost is yet to be determined.
“When we know how much the boathouse will cost, we hope enough will be left over to complete the upland section, but we don’t know until after the bids,” said Doyle.
Members of the boathouse must first approve the new design, Doyle said, before contractors can bid on it. They are expected to meet in early fall to discuss the plans.
It appears that the sooner the section is completed, with separated bicycle and walking paths, the better.
A victim is carried away in July after an accident at the Laight St. entrance to the shared bike path. Donald Kent, who took the photo, said he has seen two others carried away.
Donald Kent, whose Laight Street apartment overlooks the intersection where pedestrians from the built park walk onto the shared bike path, said he has seen people carried away on stretchers from that intersection on three different occasions, though he did not see the accidents.
“It’s a very dangerous intersection,” said Kent, who took the picture on the opposite page.
Arthur Schwartz, chairman of the Hudson River Park Advisory Council, said that earlier this year his wife was pedaling their children on a pedicab-type tricycle when they turned onto the shared bike path from the esplanade in front of Stuyvesant High School. Swinging around some students on the path, his family was slammed by a bike “barreling down” in the opposite direction, also swerving to avoid the students. His child’s arm was fractured.
“If we didn’t have a roll bar, someone would have died,” said Schwartz.
As a result of the accident, Schwartz last month formed a bikeway safety task force, part of the Advisory Council, that will look for ways to make the park’s paths safer.
Doyle said the Hudson River Park Trust is now looking to install additional signage along the esplanade warning of the dangers. As a result of a query by the Trib, she said, the intersection at Laight Street would be included, with signs to warn pedestrians of oncoming bikes.
“The bikeway safety issue is something we think about almost constantly,” said Doyle, “and signage in Segment 3 [which includes Tribeca] is a huge improvement over what used to be.”
“We’ve learned things over the years as we build other sections of the park,” she added, “not to say we can’t do more or better.”
In the meantime, the Trust anticipates that the contracted work on the remaining Tribeca segment will be completed in the fall of 2010.
Along with the esplanade, which includes a skate park near North Moore Street, a newly constructed Pier 25 will return with volleyball, minigolf, a synthetic turf field and playground. As of yet, only the boathouse and restaurant are funded for Pier 26. A Hudson River estuarium such as the River Project, which was located on the original Pier 26, so far is not funded.
Tribeca park work picks up speed, Trust says
As work continues on the Tribeca section of the Hudson River Park, pedestrians and bikers compete
for the reduced amount of space. The mini-golf building on the new Pier 25 is beginning to take shape, right.
By Julie Shapiro
By this time next year, it may be possible to play miniature golf several hundred feet out in the Hudson River.
The venue will be Pier 25, near N. Moore St., where Manhattan Youth once ran programs before the pier was demolished and rebuilt. The pier, which was closed in 2005 for construction, will likely reopen at the beginning of October 2010 with the mini-golf course, along with sand volleyball courts and the largest playground in Hudson River Park, H.R.P. Trust President Connie Fishman said last week.
Already, the glinting, angled roof of the mini-golf building is visible from the mainland. The Trust most recently predicted that Pier 25 would open at the end of 2010, and that’s still what the contract says, but Fishman said the work is moving more quickly than expected.
The uplands area to the south of the pier, which includes a skate park and a landscaped path, will also open next fall, Fishman said.
Last year, the Trust opened a much-acclaimed section of the park mostly in northern Tribeca, between Laight St. and Pier 40. Now that work on the southern section of Tribeca is moving along, the only uncertainty left is what will happen to the middle piece, between N. Moore and Laight Sts.
The question is particularly urgent to some members of the Hudson River Park Advisory Council, who are worried about recent accidents between cyclists and pedestrians on that stretch of the shared bike path and walkway. Strollers exiting the completed piece of the park at Laight St. sometimes don’t realize they are stepping into a veritable highway of bikes as they try to continue southward, and confrontations ensue.
On a recent afternoon, several bike commuters swerved to avoid a cadre of teenagers who were ambling along the path’s middle line. “Watch your back!” one of the cyclists yelled as he whizzed past.
The advisory council is working with Transportation Alternatives, a cycling advocacy group, to draft safety recommendations, said Arthur Schwartz, chairperson of the advisory council.
“It is crucial that we use education outreach to create safety awareness and install effective signage to mitigate the small but significant number of aggressive bike riders in conflict with park pedestrians,” Marc Ameruso, vice chairperson of the advisory council, said in an e-mail.
Fishman said she is looking into installing more signs on the shared path, but any changes have to go through the State Dept. of Transportation, which controls the path.
The true solution to the problem will come when the Trust completes that section of the park, which will have a separate bike path and walkway. The construction depends partly on work at Pier 26, where the Trust plans to start building a boathouse and food concession next spring using the $6 million each that the state and city allocated in this year’s budget.
If there is enough money left over, the Trust could also start building the upland area and dog run just north of the pier, but if not, that portion of the park will have to wait for the next budget cycle. One advantage of the poor economy is that construction prices are down, which could enable the Trust to build more of the park with the $12 million, Fishman said.
Also planned for Pier 26 is an estuarium, or maritime education center, but it does not have much funding or a design. The boathouse and concession will be at the base of the pier, so they could open before the other features, which could come later.
On Pier 25, the Trust initially planned for a themed miniature golf course, but for now it will just have landscaping, with water and green features.“In a funny way, it’ll look like the park,” Fishman said.
If people want extra themed features, they could be added later, she said. The Trust has not decided on an operator for the course or the pier’s other features. One possibility to celebrate the opening of the pier next fall is a miniature golf tournament.
Or "plants".green features
New Hudson River Park Home for Duffers and Dockmasters
October 13, 2009, by Pete
The sight of the wonky structure rising on Tribeca's Pier 25 can only mean that folks will be grabbing the old flatstick and heading over to the Hudson River for a stroll around the links. What's going up at the river's edge will be a pee wee clubhouse of sorts, home base for Hudson River Park's newest miniature golf course. Undoubtedly the new set of holes won't be as goofy as what was here before, but the views will be second to none, with the sight of Lady Liberty just beyond and a clear view of Jersey's Colgate Clock for keeping those tee times on schedule. The only thing that could keep the fun from starting anytime soon is a little problem with funding. The projected start date for mini-golf on the Hudson is this time next year. But we all know how easily downtown plans can be derailed.
Pier 25 and Pier 26 Construction [hudsonriverpark.org]
More Dreams of Summer on the Piers of Tribeca [Curbed]