Pier 26 Officially Opens to the Public in Tribeca

Pier 26 overlook - Max Guliani for Hudson River ParkPier 26 overlook - Max Guliani for Hudson River Park

This week, the Hudson River Park Trust officially opened Pier 26 in Tribeca, the first new public pier to debut within Hudson River Park this decade. Designed by landscape architect OLIN, the pier will serve multiple uses including public recreation, educational programming, and ecological support for plant species native to the island of Manhattan.

“Seven years in the making, we are proud to open this entirely unique pier at a time when Hudson River Park has taken on new importance for so many in the face of the current health crisis—providing a much-needed oasis in a city with limited green space,” said Madelyn Wils, president and CEO of Hudson River Park Trust. “By designing a pier that brings New Yorkers closer to the city’s natural wildlife and habitat, we hope to offer critical hands-on learning opportunities for students, places to play, and plenty of quiet spots for people to take in the nature around them.”

View of Tide Deck at Pier 26 - Max Guliani for Hudson River Park

View of Tide Deck at Pier 26 – Max Guliani for Hudson River Park

Located between Hubert and N. Moore Streets, the pier’s principal feature is an engineered representation of a rocky tidal marsh. Known as Tide Deck, the area spans 15,000 square feet and is intended to heighten awareness of the wildlife and habitat originally found within Hudson River Park and the surrounding Estuarine Sanctuary. A cantilevered walkway above this area offers uninterrupted views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and the river.

Other features of the pier include a sunning lawn, a children’s sports court, multiple lounge areas, and a trail surrounded by native plant life.

Public walkway at Pier 26 - Max Guliani for Hudson River Park

Public walkway at Pier 26 – Max Guliani for Hudson River Park

Lounge areas at Pier 26 - Max Guliani for Hudson River Park

Lounge areas at Pier 26 – Max Guliani for Hudson River Park

Recreation area at Pier 26 - Max Guliani for Hudson River Park

Recreation area at Pier 26 – Max Guliani for Hudson River Park

Total project costs amounted to $37.7 million and were funded in collaboration by Citi, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, and the City of New York. Funds for Tide Deck were provided by New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund.

“We are excited to celebrate the long-awaited opening of Pier 26, right in our own backyard,” said Michael Corbat, CEO of Citi. “Adjacent to our global headquarters, the redesigned pier brings together education, ecology, and community, and is a much-needed resource where New Yorkers can gather responsibly.”

Previous construction phases at Pier 26 were completed in 2013 and include the City Vineyard restaurant and bar and Downtown Boathouse, which has provided free kayaking lessons to more than 500,000 visitors.

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9 Comments on "Pier 26 Officially Opens to the Public in Tribeca"

  1. David : Sent From Heaven. | October 1, 2020 at 7:38 am | Reply

    There are no shortcuts for these stunning views, it takes time and action: Thank you.

  2. OneNYersOpinion | October 1, 2020 at 9:57 am | Reply

    Fun & interesting to see the evolution of NYC’s recreational piers, over the years. The walkways above the Tide Deck are surprisingly straight & industrial (see catwalks at Wall St pier), but otherwise, it’s an appealing addition to the waterfront.

  3. Another ridiculous campy faux-‘eco’ number pretending to be acceptable urbanism and urban park design. One can only ask — what would F. Law Olmsted Have done here? This self-indulgent number would pale in the comparison. Enough of these conceits

  4. Michael D. Skelly | October 1, 2020 at 10:24 am | Reply

    every body thinks they can create the new high line,nothing looks park like, with out trees and flowers even brush, to take the industrial look away, it will look like a walk able pier, which I guess, is better than nothing……….

  5. It is nice, but it isn’t GREAT.

  6. Those tiny slots for the trees. Should have been wider with a railing. People are so dumb as far as the space they give nature.

  7. DECLAN CUNNINGHAM | October 4, 2020 at 2:29 pm | Reply

    Soooooooo sad that stuff like this happens and nobody to see it all happen; with the city and the state gov’t all placing blame on others this [email protected] must stop.

  8. Pretty baffled by all the angry comments… This looks great, especially the tidal marsh and the walkway over top of it. Will be amazing to watch nature take over that space in the coming years. Can’t wait to visit.

  9. Cynthia Eardley | February 18, 2021 at 8:23 pm | Reply

    I enjoy this pier. Yes, it could have more trees and foliage, but it does provide access to magnificent views of the Hudson River—a lifesaver for those of us who have stayed in town during Covid—plus lots of seating and room to walk, run, and exercise. I use Pier 25 when I want to rest on grass. The entire esplanade has greatly enhanced the downtown area; thank you to those responsible.

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