Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park
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Connecting the City in New Ways
Location Long Island City, New York, United States
Scope Landscape Architecture
Completed in 2013 was phase one of a larger master plan that encompasses the transformation of 30 acres
of post-industrial waterfront on the East River in Long Island City and includes the largest affordable housing building project in New York since the 1970s. Surrounded by water on three sides, Hunter’s Point South is a new model of urban ecology and a laboratory for innovative sustainable design. Waterfront and city, gateway and sanctuary, blank slate and pentimento, the site design leverages its industrial heritage and spectacular views to establish a resilient, multi-layered recreational and cultural destination. Adjacent to a future school
and an emerging residential development of 5,000 permanently affordable units, the park will provide a front door and new open spaces for recreation that connect to surrounding communities. The integrated design weaves together infrastructure, landscape and architecture to transform a post-industrial waterfront site into new ecological corridors that anticipate the inevitable patterns of flooding and rising water levels along the East River, transforming Hunter’s Point South into a new ecological and cultural paradigm. Phase two is currently underway.
Designed by Thomas Balsley while at Thomas Balsley Associates, together with WEISS/MANFREDI and ARUP.