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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Christopher Street Pier

Christopher Street Pier (officially Pier 45) is part of the Hudson River Park, a 5-mile strip of parks, gardens and piers interconnected by a pathway for biking/jogging/walking along the west side of Manhattan, the largest park development project since Central Park. By the 1970s, NYC's role as a commercial port had virtually disappeared and the waterfront and piers had severely deteriorated. Opened in 2003, Pier 45 was one of the first segments to be reconstructed. The 850-foot long pier includes shade structures, seating, wood decking, grass lawns and a water taxi stop. The photo was taken from the end of the pier, looking towards the city. Click here for more photos. The pier and area around Christopher Street, however, have been mired in community problems and battles. The Pier is a mecca for gay youth and creates severe problems for the neighboring community, as individuals spill into the streets after the Pier closes at 1 AM. The articles at the FIERCE site will give you an idea. I do highly recommend a daytime or evening visit - these problems are not manifest until late night - and the views and space are beautiful and relaxing...

5 comments:

Curly said...

An excellent picture of an excellent regeneration project!

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Sally said...

Interesting. here in Sydney the old ports area is also being re-developed. I hope there is lots of public space like this. Unfortunately I fear most of it will be pricey real estate development...

Randy said...

Looks like a nice place to spend the afternoon. Never been to NY but hope to someday.

Kiwi said...

this is a great spot. I love the fact that you can be transported from the chaos and noise 5 minutes away into this tranquil spot.

Nice Blogsite by the way :)

savethatbamboo said...

This is a very nice place to visit! for everyone, everywhere. I visited this place about a year ago, and i was so interested!