Construction and Design Status
Piers 45, 46, and 51 in Greenwich Village, along with a mile of upland landscape between Leroy Street and Horatio Street, were the first areas to be built once the Hudson River Park Trust received necessary approvals from agencies charged with protecting the Hudson River.
Heralded as the start of the reclamation of New York City’s waterfront, the Greenwich Village section of Hudson River Park received awards for both engineering and design, including the national Urban Waterfront Center’s Excellence in Waterfront Design Award in 2004. The design team was spearheaded by Abel Bainnson Butz.
On any warm day, Pier 45 and the surrounding lawns are packed with sunbathers, making it a virtual green beach. Pier 45 alone measures 84,000 square feet and stretches 900 feet into the Hudson River. Its fanciful tensile-fabric canopy is illuminated at night, providing a lovely glow against the river.
Pier 46 contains an artificial recreation field that remains open throughout the year, providing open recreation space for kicking a ball or tossing a Frisbee. The playground at Pier 51 was hailed by CBS Local as being one of the City’s five best playgrounds for kids. Traversed by a “stream” containing bronze inlays of aquatic life, Pier 51 allows children to learn about the principles of flowing water through imaginative play.