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The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation has big plans for the desolate site of the already demolished Pier 53, and the soon-to-be-destroyed Pier 54. The new space will involve a new pier the size of two football fields that will be elevated on stilts. Atop the pier, the park will have a series of grassy knolls for picnicking, waterside pathways, undulating gardens, and a 700 seat venue for performances. Underneath the park, the water surrounding the stilts will act as a habitat for fish. Diller and von Furstenberg will fund roughly $95 million of the construction costs, with the city of New York kicking in $30 million.

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The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation will lease the park from the park trust for twenty years, which means they will build and maintain the pier on their own dime. They will also help with programming, which already includes events by movie producer Scott Rudin, theater director Stephen Daldry and Playwright George Wolfe.

The park is expected to break ground next year and be completed by late 2018.

+ Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation

Via NY Daily News