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