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Rendering of the proposed Pier55. Image credit: Heatherwick Studio.


Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Joan Lobis tossed out the lawsuit to stop the Pier55 project that was filed against the developers in June of last year. The lawsuit filed by a civic group called the City Club of New York, which called for a work-stop order pending additional environmental impact studies on local marine life, like the American Eel and Shortnose Sturgeon.

Judge Lobis ruled that the proposed 2.4 acre, $130 million ‘floating island’ pier-park on the Hudson River off W 13th Street in Greenwich Village “would not cause significant adverse impacts on the aquatic habitat”.

The proposed ‘floating island’ pier-park would replace the derelict Pier 54 and will feature grassy lawns, meandering paths and three performance spaces, the largest slated to accommodate up to 3,500 people.

The Pier55 project still needs the approval of the Army Corps of Engineers before construction begins.


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

MOTHER by Martin Creed – MCA Chicago Plaza Project. Photo by danxoneil (CC 2.0)


British artist Martin Creed will install an illuminated neon sculpture on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 this May, according to reports in the Observer.

The almost 50-foot long sign will feature the word “UNDERSTANDING” and bath Brooklyn’s waterfront in red neon light, while spinning, poised on a 25-foot tall pivot point.


Martin Creed by Maria Baranova. (CC 4.0)


The Observer: In May, British artist Martin Creed will illuminate the Brooklyn waterfront with a 48-foot-long red neon sculpture Manhattanites will be able to see from across the East River.

Visitors will be able to stand or sit underneath the sculpture on a stepped plinth, while it rotates at alternating speeds above. Understanding is the artist’s third rotating text sculpture. Read more from The Observer here…


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee


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