The Colorful Retro Makeover ‘New Wave Pier’ Coming to Waterside Pier along the East River

 

 

 

Waterside Pier. Image courtesy NYC Parks

NYC Parks announced this week plans to give Waterside Pier, along the East River Esplanade, a colorful and whimsical redesign. Inspired by the success of the Parks’ Cool Pools initiative, the currently dull underutilized concrete walkway along the East River will be transformed with a retro design, along with turf lawn areas, new furniture and more.

New Wave concept. Image courtesy NYC Parks

The ‘New Wave Pier‘ activation on the Waterside Pier will also include picnic tables and umbrellas, fence banners and new signage, including small signs along the waterfront failing inspired by the nearby United Nations Headquarters that translate ‘Wish you were here’ into more than 25 of the languages spoken in New York City.

Along the railing, new signage inspired by the nearby United Nations Headquarters translating “Wish you were here” into more than 25 of the languages spoken in NYC. Image courtesy NYC Parks

The design recalls the bright colors and quirky patterns of the 1980s, with Parks’ designers taking inspiration from Keith Haring, Saved by the Bell, and Duran Duran to bring some fun nostalgia to the pier. The name of the installation, “New Wave Pier,” gives a nod to the pop/rock music genre that was born out of this era, as well as the site’s location along the highly trafficked East River.

Waterside Pier ~ a before view. Image courtesy NYC Parks

The pier will be closed for 4-6 weeks, starting in mid-July, while installation is underway.

New Wave design at Waterside Pier. Image courtesy NYC Parks

Waterside Pier spans from E. 38th to E. 41st streets along the East River Esplanade, offering views of the East River and neighboring Long Island City, Queens. The pier was reconstructed by New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and reopened to the public in October 2016.

3 thoughts on “The Colorful Retro Makeover ‘New Wave Pier’ Coming to Waterside Pier along the East River

  1. This is the stupidest utilization of this space. I’m actually sitting at the east river esplanade watching numerous New Yorkers use this space as a running/walking track, a place where their young kids can take their bikes and learn to ride, and or to practice their roller skating or even just to workout. Instead this city is going to waste taxpayer dollars on picnic tables, small patches of plastic grass (because the river doesn’t have enough plastic in it), and a design that will look incredibly outdated in 5 years time. Frustrating that these are the “amenities” the nyc parks touts for this area, especially when they didn’t survey who actually uses the space or even notify the neighborhood of these changes.

  2. Better idea: The same three blocks between !st Avenue and the river are owned by the Solow Company which plans to put up five (!) new buildings, thereby blocking half-mile of river views. This land would make an ideal all-purpose park, the only potential park land between 23rd and 96th Street. Even in its unused state it is covered in greenery. Wish the city could buy this land or give Solow some absurdly large tax break for donation.

  3. The Westside get Little Island, the East Side gets a picnic table and some colorful graphics. Should I be saying that it’s better than nothing?

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