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East Side Waterfront Park: New York’s Next Great Public Space?

east river con ed pier charretteOn July 26 MAS hosted a design charrette for the former Con Ed Pier located between East 38th and East 41st Streets on the East River waterfront. The charrette (an intensive design workshop) was co-sponsored by local elected officials and Community Board Six.  This work is a continuation of MAS’ longstanding commitment to opening up access to the waterfront.  You can read the New York Times event recap here. The charrette came at a particularly important moment – the City has hired consultants to study the potential greenway between East 38th – East 60th Streets, the ferry service has just begun three blocks to the south on East 34th Street, and Con-Ed has turned over the pier to the City with $13 million dollars to help fund its reconstruction.  Charrette participants including representatives from NYC Parks & EDC, Community Board 6, the United Nations Development Corporation, NYU, in addition to residents of the surrounding neighborhood. MAS is working with Barbara Wilks and her firm – W Architecture – to synthesize the great ideas that emerged from the charrette.  Please stay tuned for more updates on what we hope will be NYC’s next great waterfront open space.  And to learn more about upcoming public meetings:  http://www.eastsideopenspace.com/