Manhattan does not exactly conjure up images of beach lounging, but that might be about to change. The Hudson River Park Trust just revealed renderings of a project to revitalize the Gansevoort Peninsula, a strip of land over five acres along the Hudson River that used to be a parking lot, and it includes a beach.
The area would become a green oasis smack dab in the middle of one of the busiest urban environments in the world. According to the landscape design company in charge of the project, James Corner Field Operations, the preliminary design concept includes a beach area with kayak access; a seating area; a salt marsh; habitat enhancements; a large sports field; and on its western side, picnic tables and lounge chairs.
Although the peninsula’s redesign has yet to be finalized, construction is projected to begin in late 2020 and finish by mid-2022. The revitalization is expected to cost around $50 million, and it’s part of a broader development campaign for Hudson River Park. Pier 26 in Tribeca will receive new sports fields, with Piers 55, 57, and 97 also currently being redesigned and renovated to make more versatile use of the space.