107th STREET PIER, EAST RIVER
EAST RIVER ESPLANADE, NEW YORK, NY
In support of Mayor De Blasio’s initiative to provide
additional playground and park space to the under-served New York City
communities, this proposal for the East River’s 107th Street Pier offers a new
public space amenity for East Harlem and the northern part of the
Esplanade. Currently targeted for required upgrades including the removal
of an existing steel roof structure, the renovation & re-purposing of this
underutilized pier will add a significant recreation opportunity for the
community to engage the Harlem River.
The design approach attempts to consider the project’s multiple stakeholders
including the East Harlem community, the City Parks Department and the East
River Esplanade. By pairing new community amenities with low-tech sustainable
landscape practices, the goal is the reactivation of this unused pier.
A topography of new grassy berms on the pier provides the “soft” landscape and
new vantage points above the water. These contoured earthworks will also soften
glare and absorb vehicular noise from the adjacent FDR
Drive. The area is envisioned as a small park space, where picnics,
sunbathing and fishing coexist in a natural landscape.
A new roofed pavilion will provide the structure and space to accommodate new pier
amenities. In addition to new restrooms and concessions, it will provide
shaded accessible open space for small gatherings, events or outdoor cinema. The
pavilion’s inverted roof provides the instrument for demonstrating sustainable
storm water collection and recycling. Rainwater is directed to an opening in
the roof and will drain into a cistern. This water can be repurposed
with low-tech pumps and hoses to fish & bait-cleaning stations and to
nourish the pier landscapes.
PROJECT TEAM: Sari Chang, Mike Jacobs, Jocelyn Oppenheim, Eloise Durand