Last Saturday, Paths to Pier 42 officially kicked off with Waterfront Community Day, opening the site to the public for the first time. Visitors helped envision the future for the East River Waterfront site: creating their own model parks with Waterfront on Wheels, drawing and painting their ideas, and playing in the new open space.
Visitors to Waterfront Community Day had the opportunity to discuss their ideas for Pier 42 with the Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance community groups and the 5 artists and designers chosen to collaborate on new installations in the temporary park.
State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, Manhattan Parks Commissioner William Castro, Community Board 3 Chair Gigi Li, and representatives from Alliance community groups and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council held a press conference to commemorate the event. Video of the conference is available at Bowery Boogie.
Waterfront Community Day represents the start of a community driven process leading to newly activated public space this summer. Check in soon for more updates as Pier 42 continues to evolve.