Paths to Pier 42 Opens to the Public

Pier 42 officially opened to the public on Saturday July 20th with a Summer Launch Celebration. Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez joined the Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance, LMCC, project supporters and installation artists to launch Paths to Pier 42. The temporary waterfront park will increase access to, and create public uses of Pier 42 while it awaits permanent transformation into a new public park over the next several years. Pier 42 features temporary installations by Chat Travieso, Interboro Partners, Jennifer Wen Ma, Mary Mattingly, and Nanna Debois Buhl which will be on display through November 1st. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk and will be host to a series of events throughout the summer.

Summer Launch Website

Paths to Pier 42 art and installations will serve to model activities that can and will take place on the waterfront once it is fully redeveloped while providing community access through this programming in the interim. The overall site strategy for the temporary waterfront park was developed by dlandstudio and Leroy Street Studio.

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Artist’s Involved:

Chat Travieso. On a Fence transforms the fence surrounding Pier 42 into an interactive structure incorporating seating, play, exercise, and signage. The project seeks to invert the function and meaning of the fence from a physical barrier to a place of inclusion.
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Interboro Partners. Tree Grove 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Preliminary Programming Schedule:

  • Thursday 7/25 – Play: City that Drinks the Mountain Sky 6:30-7:30pm
  • Wednesday 8/21 – Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) Summerfest 2-5pm
  • Thursday 9/12 – Public Space Potluck with Design Trust for Public Space, 6-8pm
  • Saturday 9/14 – Two Bridges Kite Festival, 12-4pm
  • Saturday 10/12 – Waterfront Community Day / End of Season Event

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Paths to Pier 42 is a project of the Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance: Caaav: Organizing Asian Communities, Goles Les, Hester Street Collaborative, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, Inc., Lower East Side Ecology Center and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

The project and the Summer Launch celebration have been made possible by The Surdna Foundation, the New York Community Trust, The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, our generous IndieGoGo contributors and by generous donations from Build it Green NYC, New York Restoration Project and Solar One. In addition, this project was funded by an agreement awarded by the EPA to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission in partnership with the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program. A complete list of funders and sponsors can be found here.