"Sandy can’t stop us from enjoying our coastline," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg today, seeming to stand firm against the notion of retreating from the waterfront in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
On Tuesday evening, a rosy-cheeked 23-year-old Syracuse University grad student named Joseph Wood won first prize in a competition designed to spark conversation about how to transform the derelict stretch of East Side esplanade running from 60th Street to 125th Street into something more.(1)
On Friday, we told you about new plans for Pier 17 at South Street Seaport presented by the downtown architecture firm SHoP. It was remarkable in part because of the almost unanimous praise the community board, usually stingy with compliments to architects, gave the renderings presented by firm partner Gregg Pasquarelli. We've got a few more renderings to show you.(1)
As the water taxi jetted south off the tip of Manhattan to tour each of five sites, Barry Bergdoll, the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA and emcee of the evening, asked guests not to judge the exhibit by its title alone, and said the tour was about refocusing the city’s attention to the harbor and celebrating the waterway that it was about addressing environmental issues.
Though made in 1929, The Docks of New York takes place decades earlier—that is, in a waterfront of the imagination, home (as the titles put it) to “strange cargo and stranger men.” As characters pick their way across fog-covered piers or clamber up rickety ladders to sleeping quarters, you can almost feel the tide giving every scene a gentle sway.