Plans for the new insane public park atop Pier 55, funded by the Diller-von Furstenburg Family Foundation, were supported by Community Board 2 at a meeting Wednesday, our sister site Curbed NY reports. Meeting attendees, however, were divided, citing a lack of transparency by the park's developers as one of the major concerns.
Though initially, the committee was "happy to accept the amoeba-shaped park as a gift" (the park will be funded by DVF's foundation for at least 20 years), it was discovered that the Hudson River Park Trust had privately organized a team of people to conduct studies and draw renderings—bringing up the issue of how a privately funded public park would function.
Lack of transparency, however, wasn't the only objection to the park: "Visually, it's an insult," resident Bunny Gabel declared during the meeting, calling it "Times Square offshore." Despite concerns, which also included environmental effects and financial what-ifs, the Pier 55 team "had an answer for almost everything," and CB2 ultimately gave a "nod of support" for the project.
· Board Likes Ambitious Pier55, But Wants More Transparency [Curbed NY]
· DVF Is Building an Island Atop the Hudson River [Racked NY]