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Green Is Good: Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park Opens in NYC

Watch out, High Line, there’s a new park in town. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand yesterday to unveil a 5.5-acre waterfront park and several roadways at the site of the Hunter’s Point South development in Queens. We dispatched writer Nancy Lazarus to assess the city’s newest green space.

The multi-use green oval at Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, which opened to the public yesterday. (All photos: Albert Vecerka/Esto)

Many New Yorkers know Long Island City from the Silvercup or Pepsi signs visible across the East River. Art enthusiasts associate LIC with galleries, studios, and MoMA’s PS1. With the opening of Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, locals now have recreational reasons to visit. So hop on the subway or East River Ferry and bring your cameras, bicycles, bathing suits, and dogs to NYC’s newest waterfront oasis.

Hunter’s Point South development, formerly known as “Queens West,” would have hosted an Olympic village if New York had won its 2012 bid. New York City Economic Development Corporation is overseeing the project, and Thomas Balsley Associates and Weiss/Manfredi collaborated on Phase 1, the design of the park and open space, with ARUP acting as prime consultant and infrastructure designers. Affordable housing and a school are also being built.

During a recent press tour, Marion Weiss, Michael Manfredi, and Thomas Balsley described how they converted the former marshland and industrial area for leisure use. While the tour was on a bright sunny day, the area was designed to be sustainable and to withstand storms. According to Weiss, the park flooded briefly during storm Sandy, but the water quickly receded, thanks to their water runoff and conservation system. There’s more official interest now in addressing potential floods, Manfredi added.
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A Whole Lot of Holl at the AIA NY Design Awards


[photo copyright Andy Ryan]

The 26th annual AIA NY Design Awards were doled out February 12 and we’ve just been given a complete list of winners. The top pick is our personal favorite, the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle by Weiss/Manfredi; Steven Holl nabs three of the top ten architecture nods. And because you can’t head out for your face sucking/pity party until you know the winners, here are the top ten architecture selections followed by interiors, public realm and projects. Hey, maybe it will impress your date.

1. Weiss / Manfredi
Olympic Sculpture Park

2. Diller Scofidio + Renfro
The Institute of Contemporary Art

3. Steven Holl Architects
Higgins Hall Center Section / Pratt Institute

4. Steven Holl Architects
New Residence at the Swiss Embassy

5. Steven Harris Architects LLP
92 Jane Street

6. Foster + Partners
Hearst Tower

7 Peter L. Gluck and Partners
Affordable Housing

8. Steven Holl Architects
School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa

9. noroof architects
Slot House

10. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
United States Census Bureau Headquarters

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