A Piers Stalled

NY court lifts injunction on Pier55, allows construction to continue

City Terrain East Landscape Architecture News
(Courtesy Heatherwick Studio)
(Courtesy Heatherwick Studio)

The Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court decided Monday to waive a temporary injunction against Pier55, a new 2.7-acre park along/in the Hudson River, to allow construction to continue at least until September when the full case is heard before the court.

Pier55 is designed by Heatherwick Studio. Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller are major funders of the $130 million project.

(Courtesy Heatherwick Studio)

(Courtesy Heatherwick Studio)

Construction on Pier55 began in late June. Although the project has been approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the local community board, the City Club of New York has sued to block the project. Workers may now continue pile-driving for the balcony that will sit over the river.

A spokesperson for Pier55 today released this statement in response to the Court’s decision:

“With the City Club’s latest charade behind us, we will get back to building the new public park that local residents have sought for years. Now that both state and federal courts have denied its demand for an injunction, the City Club should take this cue to finally end its absurd crusade against the wishes of the community. We remain committed to making Pier55 a reality and providing new green space for all New Yorkers to enjoy.”

Both the Pier55 development team and the City Club have aired their grievances on The Architect’s Newspaper’s op-ed page. Read their letters here, and here.

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