Hudson River Park and West Harlem Piers Park Tours and Bike Ride



Design in 5
Barbara Wilks, W Architecture; Len Greco, New York City Economic Development Corporation; and Signe Nielsen, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

Saturday, November 13, 2010
2:00 p.m.: Meet at lower middle section of West Harlem Piers Park [at seating area at 125th street]
3:30 p.m.: Meet at Hudson River Park [at parking area in front of Pier 40, at Houston]

New York City’s diverse waterfront is the focus of various redevelopment initiatives. Esplanades, bicycle greenways, and new public parks have revitalized waterfront areas on the East River, Hudson River, on the Brooklyn waterfront, in the South Bronx, and throughout the City, creating a healthier, more livable and vibrant New York.

This event will take participants by bike (an option to travel by subway between the two locations is also possible) to two different Hudson River parks. The first stop will be the newly opened, West Harlem Piers Park, a 2–acre park area on the Hudson River waterfront between W125th and W135th Streets. Barbara Wilks, founding principal of W Architecture, will discuss the design of the park and Len Greco from the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) will discuss how this park was one of the first steps in the NYCEDC’s master plan for the west side waterfront.

Our second stop will be the Tribeca section of Hudson River Park, designed by Mathews Nielsen. The area features recreational, ecological, and educational piers, such as Pier 86, home of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum as well as the interim Pier 40 sports field complex and tennis courts south of West Houston Street. With the Tribeca South section nearing completion, this is an ideal time to hear how the project has taken shape from overall master plan to realization. Signe Nielsen, principal of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, will offer her perspective on the design and coordination required for such a large scale endeavor.

This event is open to all young designers roughly five years or less out of school; whether you are a graphic, industrial, or fashion designer, an artist or architect, Design in 5 invites you to attend. Reservations are required as space is limited: email to reserve and receive more information. Admission is free for League members; $5.00 non-members.

This program is brought to you by Design in 5. Design in 5 is a group of the Architectural League of New York, formed for designers of all disciplines 5 years or less out of school. Design in 5 responds to this youngest group of designers, providing unique opportunities and activities for exchanging ideas across disciplines, fostering camaraderie, and above all, having fun.

Images from left to right: Hudson River Park, image courtesy of Mathews Nielsen; West Harlem Piers Park, image courtesy of Alison Cartwright.