Maritime Entertainment District
Construction and Design Status
The area between 34th and 54th Streets celebrates New York City’s role as a premier maritime city. Within this area are ferry boats, the Circle Line, World Yacht Cruise Ships, the Intrepid Museum, and the City’s Passenger Ship Terminal. This area of Hudson River Park alone receives 4.2 million visitors per year.
Situated between the Intrepid Museum and the Circle Line, Pier 84 has a long history, including as the arrival point for thousands of immigrants to the United States in the early 20th Century who were then shuttled to Ellis Island. Today, Pier 84 is one of the Park’s longest piers and offers spectacular views to a combination of tourists and the local residents who fought for its inclusion as a public park pier within the Hudson River Park Act.
Pier 84’s amenities include a plaza with a programmed interactive fountain, a café, a park store, bike rental concession, and water exploration play area for children. Also part of the pier is a boathouse and classroom, green lawn, a community garden, and a dog run. At the western end of the pier is a hooked shaped platform reminiscent of the original one used to guide ships into their berth when the pier was used for docking ocean liners.
Still missing from this area is an attractive waterside esplanade required to link the many boating and recreation activities in this zone. Such an esplanade would also include a gateway entrance to 42nd Street. Before these projects can occur, the bulkhead between 39th Street and 44th Street must be restored. This historic structure collapsed in 2011 the wake of Tropical Storm Irene; restoration of the bulkhead began in 2012.