New York’s mayor Michael Bloomberg performed the opening ceremony at the newly-created Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, a design collaboration between Thomas Balsley Associates and Weiss/Manfredi which includes open space and housing.
The project, which was spearheaded by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, has been praised by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Institute of Architects and The Chicago Athenaeum.
The opening of the northern section located at 52-10 Center Blvd. in Long Island City, marks the completion of the first phase of a larger masterplan.
When complete, the development will transform 30 acres of post-industrial waterfront on the East River into the city’s largest affordable housing development since the 1970s, which in addition to the outdoor park will include approximately 5,000 residential units, a new public school to open for the 2013-14 academic year, and 17,000 sq ft of retail space.
Surrounded by water on three sides, the Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park has been designed to become a new model of urban ecology and a laboratory for innovative sustainable design.
It brings together together infrastructure, landscape, and architecture to transform a previously underutilised site into new ecological corridors that anticipate the inevitable patterns of flooding and rising water levels along the East River.