Last fall, New York state announced it would fund the transformation of the Lower East Side’s Pier 42 into a glorious new waterfront park. Although residents are excited about the park, they also wanted to be able to enjoy the area even sooner, so the Hester Street Collective made a plea to the community for ideas on how to use the space before construction is underway. On May 4th, the Collective will celebrate its first event, a “Community Day” that will open up the otherwise off-limits pier with a schedule of fun activities.
As the waterfront park plans begin construction, the city, along with the Hester Street Collective and Community Board 3, wanted the community to be able to enjoy the property from the get-go. To make the most of the undeveloped land, the Hester Street Collective has planned a series of pop-up events that will include art, educational workshops, and design installations, all created to draw visitors to the future park.
The interim area has been cleaned up for the kick-off event, with an array of picnic tables for waterfront eating, as well as a direct link to the East River Park. Senator Daniel Squadron explains that the pre-opening of the park, with events like Community Day, was devised to engage the public, and to get community feedback on just what they want Pier 42 to offer them.
After Community Day, the interim park will feature summer events, with installations in June and July and public programming through November.
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