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Philanthropic billionaire and his wife have pledged to fund a new park/performance space on a pier to be constructed on the Hudson River, off W. 13th Street, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Pier55/Heatherwick Studio via The Wall Street Journal


Plans include demolishing the famed but unused Pier 54, former Cunard White Star Line pier where survivors of RMS Titanic were brought, for the new public space that will include wandering paths, a 700-seat waterfront amphitheater and a plaza that can be used for performances.

RMS Carpathia docked at Pier 54 in New York City in 1912 following the rescue of the survivors of the Titanic. Photo via wikipedia


The Wall Street Journal: On Monday, billionaire businessman Barry Diller ; his wife, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg; and the Hudson River Park Trust are expected to announce the creation of a $130 million, 2.7-acre pier, public park and performance space near New York’s Meatpacking District.

The archway is the only remaining identifiable piece of the pier. Photo via wikipedia


Construction of the park, financed primarily through the couple’s private foundation, will begin in 2016 and include the demolition of the old Pier 54, which has been unused for years. The new pier will be called Pier55, and Mr. Diller has created an independent foundation that will build, operate and provide cultural programming for it in cooperation with the Hudson River Park Trust.

Read more from the The Wall Street Journal here.

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Hudson River Groups will receive $183,000 in government grants for recreational upgrades, habitat conservation, water quality monitoring, and waterfront resilience projects, as reported by The Daily Freeman News.

Hudson River Maritime Museum Photo.


The Daily Freeman News: The Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston has been awarded $25,000 to replace three existing commercial docks on the Rondout Creek and low docks for rowing crews and kayakers.

The new docks will be safer for community organizations and others who use the museum’s facilities to access the waterfront, and will also be more resilient to potential flooding, officials said.

Rondout Creek. Photo by Daniel Case via wikipedia


The town of Rochester in Ulster County was awarded $10,000 to complete an Open Space Inventory as part of Phase 1 of an Open Space Plan that is part of the Rondout Creek Restoration Plan, a collaboration with …

Read more from The Daily Freeman News here.

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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