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MAS Keeps Spotlight on Waterfront Access, Organizes Charrette

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On Tuesday, July 26 MAS will host a design charrette to re-imagine an unused pier located between East 38th and East 41st Streets on the East River waterfront. The charrette (an intensive design workshop) is co-sponsored by local elected officials and the community board and will take place at the NYU Langone Medical Center from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. It will include input from the community as well as the expertise of design professionals to produce a plan for the site that is realistic, innovative, and sustainable.

Recently the city announced it will begin infrastructure work on the pier, including rehabilitating its piles and decking, funded by a $13 million payment from Con Edison, the former owner of the site. The city has tapped AECOM to provide engineering, design, and planning services for the project. The potential consolidation of the U.N.’s campus may also facilitate funding for construction of elements of the project.

In June 2007, MAS convened six of the world’s leading landscape architects in a charrette to envision what a waterfront park might look like on the former Con Ed site.

MAS presented the results to the public two days later in a meeting attended by hundreds of local residents. Today, East River Realty is redeveloping that site, but the adjacent pier is now in the hands of the city. Rehabilitating this pier as a public space is the first step in creating a great new park that would provide access to the waterfront and fill a big gap in a potential East River greenway extending from the Battery to Harlem.

Working with noted landscape designers, neighborhood residents, community stakeholders and experts from city agencies, the upcoming charrette will add an important dimension of community and design input into this conversation, which will hopefully culminate in a beautiful new waterfront park for residents and visitors alike. MAS is excited to capitalize on the convergence of vision, plans, and real activity around the site.

We are happy to recognize the support and partnership of our sponsors including: Manhattan Community Board Six, City Council Member Daniel Garodnick, State Senator Liz Krueger, State Senator Thomas Duane, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, State Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney, City Council Member Rosie Mendez, City Council Member Jessica Lappin and ‘Wichcraft for generously providing the day’s lunch.