EAST RIVER: MARINE TRANSFER PARK
EAST RIVER, NEW YORK, NY
The Marine Transfer Park is offered as an alternative to the East 91st Street Marine Solid Waste Transfer Station that is currently under consideration on Manhattan's East Side.
The vision of this proposal, supported and directed by the grassroots organization Pledge2Protect,NYC, is anchored primarily in the health, noise and air quality risks that will result in a waste facility at this location. as well as the goals and agendas identified in New York City’s Vision 2020 Plan for waterfront development and current FEMA Floodplain Designations for Coastal Zones.
The site is accessed North and South from the existing East River Esplanade and from the West via the existing 91st Street FDR overpass. Immediately adjacent to the site is Asphalt Green, a highly valued community resource and year round athletic/fitness facility. Both the Esplanade and Asphalt Green offer recreational opportunities to neighbors of East Harlem, Yorkville, the Upper East Side and Scholastic and Adult League Teams.
The Marine Transfer Park is situated within the East River Esplanade and proposes enhanced recreational and leisure activities along the waterfront. New watercraft launches, fishing piers and parcourse fitness circuits are a few examples of activities that might augment the existing running & biking paths.
The existing infrastructure will support the construction of a new athletic facility. An ice rink, pool or large scale athletic field can be accommodated here but is sited well above the flood hazard elevations. Support and ancillary programs of changing rooms, public restrooms, and café may also inhabit the pier.
The surface of the esplanade below remains a fully accessible public space with plantings and contoured seating for outdoor cinema, theatrical performances or public events.
A series of new piers will extend towards the water with stepped edges to enhance natural habitat restoration. Salt-marsh grasses and similar plantings will provide opportunities for waterfront engagement with activities such as fishing, wading or rowing.
The Marine Transfer Park proposes an alternate vision for the 91st Street site with a new sustainable public resource, reanimating the northern East River waterfront.
To learn more please visit: www.pledge2protectnyc.org
Sari Chang, Mike Jacobs, Trevor Hollyn Taub, Momo Araki, Will Choi.