EAST RIVER WATERFRONT
ESPLANADE
LOCATION / NEW YORK, NY
PHASE / UNDER CONSTRUCTION
SIZE / 14,000,000 SF

Commissioned by The City of New York, SHoP is transforming a neglected, inaccessible stretch of land into a renewed area that will draw the city fabric to the East River. The revitalization of Lower Manhattan is fundamental to sustaining the rich, creative environment that is synonymous with New York, and the East River Waterfront project is an essential link in preserving that history. The challenge was to recognize and celebrate the area’s unique attributes, and to support the growth of the diverse urban communities along the waterfront by creating a flexible plan for the river’s edge. Areas of focus are finding new waterfront uses, which include improving the esplanade, providing pavilions under the FDR Drive, and opening piers to the public that will provide a place for recreation and community and maritime activities. The first portions of the project, the East River Esplanade South and Pier 15, were completed in 2011.