Pier 57: NYC’s Newest and Largest Rooftop Park

| 21 Apr 2022 | 09:48

On Monday, April 18, Governor Kathy Hochul, Mayor Eric Adams, Hudson River Park Trust President & CEO Noreen Doyle, RXR CEO Scott Rechler, and Google CFO Ruth Porat announced the opening of an 80,000-square-foot rooftop park at Hudson River Park’s Pier 57, a historic pier that has been successfully restored by a development team led by RXR and featuring Google as the anchor tenant.

The nearly two-acre rooftop park, New York City’s largest rooftop open space, expands the amount and variety of public open space in Hudson River Park. Other components of the reimagined 633,000 square foot pier now open include 350,000 square feet of commercial office space for Google, the relocated original City Winery, and additional public open space around the pier’s perimeter and to the immediate north and south. The rooftop park is open to the general public daily all year, initially from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and will also serve as an outdoor screening location for the Tribeca Festival beginning this year. Other uses and amenities for the public will open in Fall 2022.

“Today is a great day to cut the ribbon on a beautiful, new 2-acre rooftop park and let the world know that New York is back,” Hochul said. “This is a win-win for New York and a testament to the innovative, sustainable, and inclusive future we’re working to build.”

“By bringing workers back to the office and creating new green space all New Yorkers can enjoy, this project is helping revitalize our city,” Adams said. “We are reimagining our communities, so everyone benefits from our prosperity. And with partnerships like this one between the city, the state, and our nonprofit and private sector partners, we are showing New York how to ‘Get Stuff Done’ and do it together.”

Pier 57 epitomizes how public-private partnerships can deliver significant benefits to New York State and City. Under its lease with the Trust, the development partnership led by RXR has invested $410 million to restore Pier 57, which is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The rent from the pier will also support Hudson River Park’s overall care and operations.

Additionally, Google expanded their commitment to include 50,000 square feet of interior public-oriented space on the ground floor. When it opens in the fall, this area will include a new food-hall curated by the James Beard Foundation, community space with flexible layouts that will be available for booking by local organizations, and a public gathering place — called the Living Room— with views of lower Manhattan, the Hudson River, and Little Island. Google is also creating a tech-oriented public classroom to be operated by Hudson River Park’s River Project team that will expand environmental education programming.

The new Pier 57 embodies New York City’s economic and cultural staying power, and is an important milestone in the continued evolution of the far west side of Manhattan.