EAST RIVER: EL BARRIO BAIT STATION
NEW YORK, NY
2020 MASterworks Awards: Best New Infrastructure
2020 Dezeen Awards: Infrastructure Project Longlist
AIA NYS Excelsior Award
Metal Architecture Magazine: December 2020
Located along the East River Esplanade at 100th Street in northern Manhattan, this pilot project was initiated to assist an enthusiastic community of anglers that utilize this stretch of New Yorks East River.
Design parameters prohibited the removal or modification of the existing Esplanade guardrail and resulted in a design that was fabricated offsite, installed between the rails, anchored to the ground and capped with a solar canopy.
The Bait Station is constructed of Cor-ten steel and will provide a universally accessible surface for prepping bait, gutting & cleaning fish. A 16v Solar panel provides nighttime illumination to support night fishing and a graphic illustration offers insight into some of the most prevalent fish that inhabit the East River waters.
The project arose as the result of an initiative from the Friends of the East River Esplanade, a north-Manhattan community advocacy group and was executed with the help of the New York City Parks Department.
Sari Chang, Maya Taketani, Zoe Goodman, Jason Bravo, Solveig Gunnarsdottir
Structural Engineer: Silman Structural Engineers
Steel Fabricator: Maspeth Welding
General Contractor: SMI Construction Management, Inc.
Fish Illustration: Clarisa Diaz
Photography: Ryan Lahiff