Written by Bianca Bahamondes and Claire Leaden
Manhattan will soon be getting its first public beach!
In early 2019, it was announced that the Gansevoort Peninsula on the Hudson River would become home to a new Manhattan beach by 2022. Though that date has now been moved to late 2023 due to COVID-19, the project is still moving forward.
The landscape architecture firm behind Domino Park and the High Line—James Corner Field Operations—had already been approved by the Hudson River Park Trust to design a public park with beach access on the Gansevoort Peninsula, and now next steps are finally taking place.
If you passed by the West Village waterfront recently, you can see that construction is well underway (hint: there’s a perfect view of it from Little Island).
New York Yimby reports that currently the topography is being completed, with massive amounts of dirt and gravel being unloaded and spread across the land mass (which is solid ground, as opposed to a pier). After will come the planting of trees and shrubs, constructing pathways, and installing other permanent fixtures.
The 5.65-acre space that was previously NYC Sanitation facilities will feature plenty of greenery and a “soft edged beach” for New Yorkers to enjoy. It will cost $70 million and is being partly funded by the city, according to Real Estate Weekly.
According to the Hudson River Park Trust, the plot of land will not only have a beach on the southern edge but will also include a concession area, river gym, a salt marsh, 13th Ave Promenade, kayak access, beach walk, dog run, a picnic area, and 3.5 acres of open ball field space. The structure you can see above the beach is actually a public art project by artist David Hammons, currently on permanent view by the Whitney Museum.
Here’s a look at what to expect:
Under Day’s End (kayaking):
13th Ave Promenade:
This is only one of many ambitious projects to revitalize the piers on the West Side of Manhattan. Just last fall, the environmentally-friendly Pier 26 opened in Tribeca, and of course NYC’s first-ever floating park was finally unveiled this spring.
featured image source: Hudson River Park Trust / James Corner Field Operations
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