West Wharf is a complex waterfront project on the East River and a part of the Greenpoint-Williamsburg special zoning area. The site links West Street to the water via a broad tree-lined passageway, terminating in an overlook to the river focusing on Lower Manhattan. The shore public walkway offers a variety of overlooks and loops for visitors to weave through areas of native vegetation and lawns. A new beach is accessible via a ramp and seat steps like most of the walkway.
The site has a long history of industrial use, including steel shipbuilding and the creation of porcelain goods. The upland area of the site references the site’s industrial history as the location of the building of the steel ship, The Monitor. A special garden of crushed porcelain in the shape of the Monitor melds the full variety of historical industrial uses with the contemporary needs of the public. The waterfront experience is transformed from an underutilized post-industrial site to one intertwining ecology and history, with various walks, viewpoints, and seating types.
The project has received WAP approvals from DCP for the entire project and the first phase is now open to the public. Construction is underway on Phases 2 and 3. Plans also include a pad for a future restaurant and a new private access road.
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