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A Letter from the President

November 8

Dear Friends,

First, to those who experienced damage to your businesses and homes as a result of last week’s storm, please know that all of us at Hudson River Park are thinking of you.

But once again, we see that New Yorkers are at their best when things are at their worst.

So many of you have reached out to express concern for the Park, as well as a desire to help our restoration efforts. Though we’d like to thank each of you personally, there’s a lot to report and we want to be sure you’re all in the loop.  But first,  I want give thanks to our incredible staff who have been working  day and night to get this park back into shape.  This effort will continue for some time to come.

Overall, the new park and marine structures, core infrastructure and plants weathered the storm pretty well. And, though repairs are needed to boat houses, docks, maintenance buildings and ramps, to our knowledge, none of the boats were damaged or caused damage to piers. This is a real credit to their operators who staffed their vessels for hours before, during and after the storm, including the historic vessels at Pier 25 to the large commercial boat operations at Pier 40, Chelsea Piers, and Circle Line/World Yacht.

Unfortunately, though, not all the news is good, as you can see here and here.

The photos reveal sections of some piers which essentially heaved, creating gashes across places like Piers 46 and 84. Other photos show a similar upheaval at part of the Pier 25 playground. Granite tiles popped on some esplanade sections in Greenwich Village and midtown.  Our staff and contractors are continuing to assess and already have begun making some of the necessary repairs.  As you may have seen, over the weekend we worked hard to open the esplanade and piers north of 22nd Street to the public.  Today all of our ball courts and dog runs have re-opened and Friday, the field at Chelsea Waterside Park will resume normal hours of operation.

Pumps for fountains and irrigation systems were submerged throughout the Park, as were various electrical components in tenant spaces, small and large. All were affected differently, with varying repair needs that we will begin now and will take some time to complete.

Perhaps the largest challenge is at Pier 40, which requires removal and repair of the facility transformer. This is a several week process and we have just located a large enough generator to power the entire pier.  Yesterday, we were able to power our offices by hooking up a smaller generator and today have phone service.  Pier 40’s ground floor was flooded and all offices and facilities on that level, experienced some damage. And as for the courtyard and rooftop fields, tomorrow our turf installation company will assess the possibility for repair – we remain hopeful that they’ll be able to rescue this important resource.

Last week, we co-hosted a volunteer event with the Friends of Hudson River Park, and more than a hundred New Yorkers joined this large clean-up effort in Greenwich Village and Tribeca (photos available here). This Saturday, and again next Wednesday, we will co-host “Mulch Madness” to restore mulch throughout the park’s planted areas. If you want to get your hands dirty, we welcome you to join us.

Though we’re still assessing conditions throughout the Park, we are thankful that the new piers and bulkhead structures met the test – and we are grateful to the extraordinary efforts of our dedicated staff, who continue to work tirelessly to limit the damage.

We thank you sincerely for your interest and support, and we all wish you safe journies in the coming days.

Sincerely,
Madelyn Wils

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