Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
This New York Times article talks about the proposed build on the west Manhattan waterfront that would be “a $170 million, futuristic park built atop an undulating platform 186 feet off the Hudson River shoreline with a series of wooded nooks and three performance venues, including an amphitheater.” The project will mostly be funded by billionaire Barry Diller, with a smaller portion coming from the city, the state, and the Hudson River Park Trust, roughly $39.5 million. They plan to use this space to host many free concerts, and they hope to revitalize the area by reshaping and revitalizing the dilapidated pier.
They do address some environmental concerns with the park’s parallelogram-shaped platform that will be designed to on 300 concrete columns that vary in height to keep the structure the minimum required height above the water level post-Hurricane Sandy.
They have also attempted “to address environmental issues in an area of the Hudson designated as a marine sanctuary and spawning ground for striped bass. The platform’s height would allow sunlight below and would also guard against storms.”
So, do you think this could be a great addition to the New York landscape and arts scene, or is it a misapplication of funding that could be used elsewhere on existing projects?