July 20th Summer Launch Celebration

Join us on Saturday July 20th from 12-4pm as we celebrate the unveiling of the Paths to Pier 42 art and design installations that create a new temporary park and will kick-off of a season of events and programming. There will hands-on art and educational activities for all ages.

Learn about the new public space and how the community has been involved in creating it. Explore art, go on a walking tour, help plant a garden, and learn about river ecology at a fishing clinic. Meet the artists and designers who collaborated with local organizations to develop the creative installations. Pack a picnic! Or taste offerings from local food trucks.

Check the Summer Launch Celebration on Facebook for updates on the event.

Pier 42 Site Map

Pier 42 is located along the East River between the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges. The temporary park site is on the south side of the FDR Drive with entrances from the East River Greenway at Montgomery Street and through Corlears Hook Park at Cherry Street. The nearest subway station is the F train at East Broadway.

Paths to Pier 42 is a project made possible by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and The Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance: Caaav: Organizing Asian Communities, Goles Les, Hester Street Collaborative, Lower East Side Ecology Center, and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, Inc. The project was developed in partnership with State Senator Daniel Squadron and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and supported in part by a grant from the Surdna Foundation and NY&NJ Harbor Estuary Program, New York Community Trust, and North Star Fund.

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Continue to check out pathstopier42.com for more updates on the project. Thanks for your support and we hope to see you at the Summer Launch Celebration on July 20th!

Artist’s Project Descriptions: 

Nanna Debois Buhl. Do you remember the bananas? is a painted herbarium depicting the banana plants that historically entered the city, traversing Pier 42 until 1987; and drawing on people’s memories of the period.

Interboro Partners. Tree Grove/Rest Stop leverages the New York Restoration Project’s Million Trees NYC Initiative by creating custom planter/benches from recycled lumber that temporarily “hold” replacement trees bound for neighborhood NYCHA buildings at Pier 42, where there is an immediate need for shade, green, and seating.

Jennifer Wen Ma. Inked Garden is an elongated garden painted black with charcoal-based Chinese ink, planted and cared for with community members. The garden returns to green over time, serving as a testament to the perseverance and resilience of life.

Mary Mattingly. Triple Island is a scalable, amphibious ecosystem that serves as a habitat in preparation for increased ecological instability and the dearth of livable land; and as a public experiment about living with the altered environments of our shared future.

Chat Travieso. On a Fence transforms the fence surrounding Pier 42 into an interactive structure incorporating seating, play, exercise, and signage (done in collaboration with graphic designer Yeju Choi). The project seeks to invert the function and meaning of the fence from a physical barrier to a place of inclusion.