A new public park in Long Island City, Queens, will open on Wednesday, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg cutting the ribbon for a new pavilion, an “urban beach” and lawns making up Hunters Point South Waterfront Park.
The park, which offers unrivaled views of the Midtown skyline, extends a corridor of waterfront recreational space on the western shore of Queens running south from Gantry Plaza State Park and eventually slated to reach to Newtown Creek.
Efforts to revitalize the city’s waterfront through rezoning and the subsequent construction of mixed-use, mixed-income development projects have been one of Mr. Bloomberg’s primary focuses during his three terms in office.
The 5-acre Hunters Point South, designed by Weiss/Manfredi in collaboration with Thomas Balsley Associates, straddles a growing residential community housed in high-rise condominiums, all built during Mr. Bloomberg’s tenure, on what was once a largely derelict, postindustrial wasteland.
The area is one of the city’s largest urban regeneration plans since the 1970s, according to developers.
The project is planned to eventually comprise 5,000 new residential units—most of them to be built as “affordable” housing—alongside new retail businesses and a school, all built along several new streets.
from Joe Jackson – WSJ