Historically, the East River was the edge: separating city and country, metropolis and suburb, the concentration and energy of Manhattan from the isolation of the “outer boroughs.” Today, it offers a different potential: to become the center. The riverfront will provide a diverse and constantly changing network of public spaces, , sustainable residential communities, economic opportunity, institutions, and transportation infrastructure.
The Astoria waterfront today is lined with empty warehouses, isolated housing projects, and fences that cut off the surrounding neighborhoods. Our master plan for five contiguous projects for 5 separate clients creates a continuous network of public parks, over 6500 residences, affordable housing, 3 schools, 2 supermarkets, and waterfront restaurants and cafes as well as medical offices and community facilities.
The Astoria waterfront today is lined with empty warehouses, divided by housing projects, and cut off by fences. Our master plan for five contiguous projects for 5 separate clients creates a continuous network of public spaces linking a new sustainable mixed-use waterfront community. Four new waterfront parks will connect over 2 miles of contiguous waterfront. The project features over 6500 residences, affordable housing, 3 schools, 2 supermarkets, medical offices, community facilities, neighborhood retail, and waterfront restaurants.
The 21st century waterfront requires new public spaces. Our design will creates a new resilient edge for the post-Sandy city, featuring and reinforced edges and raised buildings. Soft infrastructure includes rain gardens, tidal pools, riparian plantings, storm water retention, and extensive green roofs. Social features include diverse housing types, new recreational spaces, community amenities, playgrounds, and integrating the designs and public spaces with the NYCHA housing campus. Infrastructure includes building new roads, bike paths, and a new water taxi network to provide transportation links to this underserved neighborhood.