The $130 million (USD) park is being funded by philanthropists Diane von Furstenberg and her husband Barry Diller.
While the Pier55 design looks like a phenomenal public park, the 2.7 acres of public park and performance space is not without its opponents. Early in 2015 a non-profit organization, City Club of New York (CCNY), filed a lawsuit against Pier55 Inc and the Hudson River Park Trust to stop the project.
Voicing their concern of the possible impact the scheme would have on the Hudson River’s ecosystem, specifically “[that] the project would require driving about 550 piles in an area of the Hudson protected as an estuarine sanctuary”, the CCNY attempted to stop the development from proceeding.
Another legal tangle was presented late in 2015 when the EPA raised claims about the project’s unacceptable effects on an important aquatic resource. These claims were later retracted by the EPA.
Now, after a recent ruling by the New York Supreme Court, the Pier55 project is no longer hampered by legal shackles and will begin construction. The park’s official opening is planned for 2019.
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