New York City’s largest rooftop park opened to the public last week atop Pier 57 in Chelsea. Designed by Handel Architects and developed by RXR Realty, YoungWoo & Associates, Hudson River Park Trust, and The Baupost Group, the 2-acre space is part of a $410 million renovation to the 70-year-old structure in Hudson River Park and now features 350,000 square feet of office space with Google as the anchor tenant. The building will also feature 50,000 square feet of public-oriented amenities on the ground floor developed by Jamestown that include a food hall curated by the James Beard Foundation, community space with flexible layouts available for booking by local organizations, a public gathering place called the Living Room, and an outdoor screening space for the annual Tribeca Film Festival. Pier 57 formerly served as a shipping port and bus depot and is located at the intersection of West Street and West 15th Street.
An opening ceremony was held last week with Mayor Eric Adams, Governor Kathy Hochul, and Google CFO Ruth Porat in attendance.
A large sign greets guests inside the entrance and guides them to the elevator to the top floor. An adjacent interior staircase is also present.
Upon exiting the elevator, doors to the roof deck open out with views looking directly down on Little Island and Lower Manhattan. Seating is built across the length of the park, nestled in between the green steel structure of the pier. Visitors can see a variety of notable landmarks: the Whitney Museum, Meatpacking District, and Thomas Heatherwick‘s Little Island over the former Pier 55; the World Trade Center towering over the Lower Manhattan skyline; the Stature of Liberty; and Hudson Yards, Manhattan West, the Empire State Building to the north.
To the east is a large elevated green lawn with a grid of circular light fixtures that illuminate at nighttime. Bathrooms are located at the very eastern end.
A set of staircases and stepped wooden seats orient people toward the Manhattan skyline and bring visitors to the highest point of the space.
Sunsets over the Hudson River will be a year-round spectacle with more green lawns and walkways surrounded by tulips and other shrubbery currently planted across the multiple garden beds.
A large covered space with additional seating is located on the second level of the park near the back end.
Current operating times are from 7:00am to 10:00pm daily. The nearest subways to the site are the A, C, E, and L trains at the 14th Street station on Eighth Avenue.