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Hudson River Park Pier Air Rights

Letter to new Hudson River Park Trust chairperson 09/11/07

GVSHP’s letters to city and state officials about Pier 40 04/23/07

Villager 10/09/14

Villager Editorial 06/13/07

NY Sun 04/27/07

Pier 40 Working Group decision 11/20/15

Pier 40 Working Group recommendations 06/27/07

In 2007 the Related Companies proposed to construct a 600,000 sq. ft., 10,000-seat, nearly $700 million multi-venue mega-entertainment complex on Pier 40 at Clarkson Street. Dubbed “Vegas-on-the-Hudson” by critics, GVSHP believed that Related’s “Performing Arts Center” (PAC) proposal, which they described as a “downtown Lincoln Center,” would overwhelm both the Hudson River Park and the surrounding West Village, Hudson Square, and SoHo neighborhoods, and attract an almost-entirely tourist clientele which would arrive largely by automobile. While GVSHP has historically not gotten involved in Hudson River Park development issues, the unprecedented scope and impact of the PAC proposal, particularly upon the neighboring inland areas, prompted us to act in this case.

In early 2008 the Hudson River Park Trust voted to reject the Related Companies’ proposal. This was a tremendous victory for the community, and especially for the Pier 40 Partnership (P40P), which spearheaded the effort to defeat this plan and present a more community-friendly alternative.

GVSHP continues to work with the Pier 40 Partnership, other community groups, and the Pier 40 Working Group to advocate for uses on Pier 40 that would be compatible with the scale and character of the park and surrounding neighborhoods.

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