Gansevoort Beach

Renderings provided by James Corner Field Operations, courtesy the Hudson River Park Trust

Renderings provided by James Corner Field Operations, courtesy the Hudson River Park Trust

The Meatpacking District's former Department of Sanitation facility pier (and last remnant of 13th Ave) is being converted into a 5.7-acre park with a public beach and salt marsh. Renderings of the new Gansevoort Peninsula along the Hudson River Park, designed by James Corner Field Operations (Domino Park and High Line) were recently released, providing details of the sandy beach, which will have access for human-powered boating and recreation. Just steps from the Whitney Museum, the park will also have a sports field, picnic tables, and a public-art installation.

Located on the Hudson River a block from the southern terminus of the High Line (at Gansevoort Street) the park is just south of the controversial Pier 55, a privately owned and operated “public” park developed by billionaire Barry Diller and designed by Thomas Heatherwick (the Vessel) which is finally under construction after years of lawsuits by waterfront activists who shared concerns over the lack of public review and placement over a protected marine sanctuary. Currently, Hudson River Parks Trust has over a billion dollars in construction projects. The Gansevoort Peninsula park's Construction is estimated to take a year and a half.

Thirteenth Ave was added to the Manhattan grid in 1837 with the addition of landfill on the Hudson River from 11th to 29th streets. This 1916 Bromley map shows the landfill that became the DSNY pier that was recently demolished for Gansevoort Park.  Click to purchase a print of the map.

Thirteenth Ave was added to the Manhattan grid in 1837 with the addition of landfill on the Hudson River from 11th to 29th streets. This 1916 Bromley map shows the landfill that became the DSNY pier that was recently demolished for Gansevoort Park. Click to purchase a print of the map.