Pier 26 image via Curbed
When he’s not designing the city’s tallest towers, starchitect Rafael Viñoly has a philanthropic side. The New York Times reported that he’ll be donating his services to the Hudson River Park Trust to design the long-planned science education and research center on Pier 26 in Tribeca (famous for serving as the location of the Village People’s 1978 “Y.M.C.A” video). Known as an estuarium, the project is part of a larger redevelopment of the pier, which will include a new park by landscape architects OLIN, the current free kayaking program and dog runs, and a City Vineyard restaurant, according to Curbed.
The estuarium will partner with Clarkson University, Hudson River Clearwater, and the New York Hall of Science on its science programming. It will cost $20 million, $10 million of which will come from the state. The $30 million pier will be funded with a $10 million gift from Citigroup and $10 million from the city; an application has also been put in with the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation for the rest. The Trust will hold a community meeting on October 19th to get input from local residents before the design process officially begins. The park is expected to be completed by 2019.
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