Mixed-use recreational park

New York, NY


The undeveloped waterfront tract between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Staten Island Ferry designated for the park is isolated from the city by FDR Drive. The park, in collaboration with the Rockwell Group, is conceived as a 24-hour, year-round, mixed use development, incorporating recreational, residential, retail and cultural programs. The city grid is extended into the East River through water channels. A series of floating and pile-supported city blocks are connected by elevated bridges. Each hosts a water-based program including a fish farm, a tidal pool, a forest, a floating swimming pool, a sea-level ice skating rink, an urban beach, a hydroponics garden and a floating meadow. Residual spaces between the blocks function as marinas and recreational waterways. Two income-producing programs anchor each end of the development. At the northern end are a proposed theater, hotel, spa, and outdoor performance complex. At the southern end there is an aquarium under the urban beach. (speculative project)

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