The Hudson River Park is one of the most unique and special places in New York. On October 2, we will have the opportunity to tour some of the most interesting places in the park and then meet with the leadership of the Hudson River Park Trust and the Hudson River Park Friends to understand the challenges of operating this unique city/state partnership.
Pre-Tour Optional Lunch 11:30-1:00: The tour will start on Gansevoort Street. This is across the street from the Whitney Museum and adjacent to the Meat Packing district. There are places for everyone to eat, including the Whitney itself and many wonderful neighborhood restaurants. We will have an optional lunch from 11:30 to 1:00. We will make our selection based on the number of people interested. If you want to come to the optional lunch, please email Peter Siris at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1:00– The tour will start at 1:00 at the Gansevoort Street Peninsula Pier—This land has recently been reclaimed from the Department of Sanitation. New fields and play areas are being constructed along with an art installation from the Whitney. From the Gansevoort Street Peninsula, we will be able to look at the construction of Pier 55, also known as Diller Island, which will be a $250 million development with an amphitheater and performance spaces. Past Pier 55, we will be able to see the construction at Pier 57, which will primarily be another home for Google, but which will also have community space and eating facilities when it is open.
We will then start our tour south towards the Charles and Christopher Street Piers. Those who want to can explore these special parks.
We will then walk down to Pier 40. Pier 40 has baseball, soccer, boat building, kayaking, and a trapeze school.
After Pier 40 we will make our way south past the Pier with the air shaft to the Holland Tunnel, which has a spectacular view of downtown Manhattan, and make our way to Piers 25 and 26.
Pier 25 has miniature golf, beach volleyball, kayaking, and a skateboard park. Pier 26, which is also being redeveloped, will have places for historic boats and a variety of active and passive recreation opportunities.
2:30- City Vineyards- We will stop at City Vineyards, a restaurant on Pier 26 (in Tribeca) , to have a drink and listen to Noreen Doyle, the Executive Director of the Hudson River Park Trust and Connie Fishman, the Executive Director of Hudson River Park Friends describe the complex issues of managing a park that is a unique partnership between New York State and New York City. The park faces special issues, especially from Hurricane Sandy. It also must find a way to balance the needs of the community with the economic demands of supporting this special facility. Noreen and Connie will give us special insight into the unique economic and political challenges.
3:30 Program ends—
3:30 Optional Miniature Golf Competition on Pier 25.
The total walking distance of the tour is about 1.3 miles, excluding the side trips on individual piers. With these side trips, the distance should be slightly over 2 miles.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
Executive Vice President, Hudson River Park Trust
Noreen Doyle has been Hudson River Park Trust’s Executive Vice President since 2004. From 1994 through 2001, she also worked for the Trust and its predecessor organization, the Hudson River Park Conservancy, in several capacities, including as Vice President for Environmental Planning & Communications. Between these two periods she worked as a Vice President at AKRF, Inc., an environmental and planning consultant in Manhattan. Ms. Doyle has also held other positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She has a BA from Smith College and completed coursework towards a doctoral degree at New York University.
Executive Director, Hudson River Park Friends
Connie Fishman serves as Executive Director of Hudson River Park Friends. She previously held the positions of President & CEO and Executive Vice President of the Hudson River Park Trust, the Friends partner organization charged with the design, construction, operations and maintenance of our riverfront park on Manhattan’s West Side. Her previous experience also includes serving as interim Executive Director of the Governors Island Alliance, Senior Vice President of Real Estate for the YMCA of Greater New York, Director of Planning and Development for the NYC Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Planning and Administration, Deputy Director for Housing, Economic and Infrastructure Planning at the NYC Department of City Planning, and as an independent land use planning and real estate consultant in New York City.
Connie holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Born and raised in California, she has lived in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn for the past thirty years.