Construction is progressing on Gansevoort Peninsula Park, a new 5.5-acre public recreational space on the Hudson River waterfront in the West Village. Designed by James Corner Field Operations, which was commissioned by the Hudson River Park Trust in January 2019, the upcoming green space is located next to Pier 53 directly across from the Whitney Museum of American Art, and will feature Manhattan’s first public beach.
Photographs taken along Hudson River Park and from Thomas Heatherwick‘s nearby Little Island show further work taking place since our last update in September.
Several tall metal poles have been mounted in place on the western end that will hold up the perimeter netting for the soccer field. Large deliveries of rocks and material continue to build up the land above sea level around the center of the park.
A low-rise reinforced concrete wall is built on the northern side of the property, and should likely serve as a retaining wall with infill behind and the cascade of rocks meeting the water line on the outer face, as seen in previous renderings.
Giant blocks of stone dot the length of the park awaiting to be put in place.
On the southern side of the site are white rectangular blocks, and parts of the walkways are being formed with tied steel rebar and imminent concrete pouring.
The FDNY Marine Company 1 building anchors the northern corner with its geometrically angled superstructure.
A soccer field will occupy most of the land and will be surrounded by numerous pathways, stepped seating, a sandy beach with a children’s playground with additional seating and umbrellas, kayak slips, a salt marsh, a dog run, viewing platforms, and lush landscaping throughout.
Along the southern edge of Gansevoort Peninsula Park is David Hammons’ Day’s End, a skeletal outline of a pier shed built over the Hudson River on the former site of Pier 52. Hammons was inspired by artist Gordon Matta-Clark, who had used the original pier as a medium for his art in the mid-1970s. The minimalist open-air work serves as a reminder of New York’s waterfront past.
YIMBY last reported that Gansevoort Peninsula Park is expected to be finished at the end of 2023.
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I still don’t understand that beach area.
There’s now swimming, only the sand area.
Hudson river current is too strong to swim
East river is a tidal basin and safer, but I wouldn’t try it
I feel so relieved and liberated, with its size taken from the sky. The location is next to the concrete floor, and in the water; which combines perfectly: Thanks to Michael Young.
Where is the beach? Not sure the point of that open metal structure along the entire south side.
No doubt Manhattan can use some more open spaces, so these expansions into the Hudson are a great idea! I hope this continues and maybe some day there will be a complete park from this location up to the Little Island and maybe further!
The beach is a big sandbox and going into the water might not be the best idea without a nearby shower. The green space however is a plus for area.
How do you get to the park? Will there be a pedestrian bridge over the Westside Highway? Or a tunnel under it? (not likely). Will there be a way of walking to it from the Highline?
There is a traffic light and crosswalk at Ganesvoort and West Streets.
I would love to see the NYC Ferry that goes from St. George to Brookfield Place and then to 39th Street have a stop at this new park.
Pity they’re wasting so much of the space on a Soccer pitch.
Hudson river has so much promise.
Recreational boating is coming back strongly, community sailing is on the upswing , and the shores need more parks and development
There should be more docks along the Hudson so people can boat.