A Bigger Boathouse in Store for Rebuilt Pier 26
By Carl Glassman
A rendering of the new boathouse and restaurant on Pier 26.
Less bar will mean more boats for the Downtown Boathouse when it returns next year to new quarters on a rebuilt Pier 26, near Hubert Street in Tribeca.
A Community Board 1 committee was shown a redesign of the boathouse last month that will mean more kayaks, from 192 in the original design, to 228.A little more than half the slips—120—will be designated for 18-foot kayaks, while 108 slips will be used for 15-foot vessels. The extra space was obtained by reconfiguring the adjoining restaurant.
“We ate into the bar a little bit,” said Signe Nielsen, whose firm, Matthews Nielsen, is in charge of the project. The new configuration is in response to boaters who complained that the original design, presented more than two years ago, was too small for the number and size of boats they wanted to store.
Five seasons have passed since the boathouse, and the free weekend kayaking that it offered, shut down on Pier 26 in advance of the pier’s demolition. Since then, its closest programs have operated at Pier 40, near Houston Street.
Connie Fishman, president of the Hudson River Park Trust, said she expects contracts on the Pier 26 boathouse to be awarded in March. Construction, she said, should take nine months and be finished for the 2011 season.