Pier 97

Pier 97 has been, for the last several years, the home only of a sanitation facility and sanitation trucks owned by the Department of Sanitation. Now, under the direction of the Hudson River Trust and with fundraising from the Friends of the Hudson River, the Pier is being torn down, rebuilt and filled with recreational areas like the rest of the Piers.

Important Information:

  • The Department of Sanitation agreed to move the sanitation building to the 57th St. Garage across the street over eight years ago. The garage was to be built in 2003, but when the DoS had not followed through on their promise to build and move by 2005, the Friends of Hudson River Park sued the city to keep them accountable, winning $18 million in the settlement that is going into the current construction. Delays also included a fire at the building last year. Information can be found at http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stories/124965/fire-damages-sanitation-department-facility-on-pier.
  • To find out more about the difficulty in moving the Department of Sanitation, go to http://www.fohrp.org/news/default.aspx?&ArticleId=97
  • As of July 28, 2011, the building is concentrated on constructing the pilings which form the structural basis of the Pier.
  • The new pilings will be made of concrete and will last approximately 50 years, and are replacing outdated wooden pilings. This construction effort will last until the end of October, at which point, because it is taking place in water, construction cannot resume until next May. Land work will continue through the fall and winter.
  • If $8 million more of funding comes through, likely from both the state and the city, then construction of the actual pier and deck will continue in the Spring of 2012 and continue into the spring and summer. If all goes according to plan, the new Pier should be finished by early 2013.
  • The Pier will be part of Clinton Cove Park and will have a pier water taxi landing, a historic ship, a playground, basketball courts, open space and other amenities similar to those on other piers.
  • The inconveniences to constituents should be minimal. When the deck is built in 2012, the bike path may experience disruption and the walkway will be narrowed.

Plans for Pier 97

To find out more about Pier 97, see http://pier97.com/

525 West 55 Street between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues

Address: 525 West 55 Street
Block: 1084
Lot: 9
Landmark Status: No


Maria Guzman, President
Harborview Terrace Tenant Association
520 West 56 Street, Apt. 8D
New York, NY 10019

David Gilchrist, Deputy Director
Project FIND
160 West 71st Street, Suite 2F
New York, NY 10023
(T) 212-874-0300

Peter Fine, President
Charles Brass, Executive Vice President
Atlantic Development Group, LLC
155 Avenue of the Americas
NY, New York 10013
(T) 212-620-0500

Ilene Popkin
Assistant Deputy General Manager for Development
New York City Housing Authority
250 Broadway
New York, NY 10007
(T) 212-306-4073

Ruth Visnauskas
Assistant Commissioner
Department of Housing Preservation and Development
100 Gold Street, Room 9-U8
New York, NY 10038
(T) 212-863-5637

William Rapfogel, CEO
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
80 Maiden Lane, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10038
(T) 212-453-9500


Summary of site plans and status

UPDATE: 4/8/2008
The President of the Harborview Terrace Tenant Association, Maria Guzman, has called a meeting to discuss the development project. The New York City Housing Authority will be presenting at this meeting. The meeting is being held on Tuesday, April 8 at 530 west 55 street at 630 PM.

The developer plans to construct a family building and a senior center building. This is contingent upon financing through the sale of inclusionary zoning rights. Community Board 4 believes this would result in more bulk, less moderate-income units and more money for the developer to give to the New York City Housing Authority.

The NYCHA development plan will include the following:

148 senior citizen apartments in a 14-story building on West 56 Street

200 family apartments in a 15-story facing West 55 Street

226 apartments of the 348 dwelling units would be affordable to low, moderate and middle income families (61 to 165% of the Area Medium Income)

47 on-site parking spaces, including 37 reserved for NYCHA residents

The development will dispose:

33,000 square feet of land (the housing developments 37 space parking and basketball court)

Transfer 72,000 square feet of unused, excessive development rights from the existing Harborview Terrace development
UPDATE: 11/21/2007
Atlantic Development Group, LLC and the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council) were chosen by NYCHA and HPD to build mixed income residential units on Harborview Terrace site. The proposal will provide a total of 259 units in two buildings. One building would include 113 units for seniors with income up to 80% AMI. The other would contain 146 units for mixed income between 80% – 165% of AMI. Met Council will be involved in the marketing and management of the senior building, as well as providing supportive services for seniors.

As part of the Hudson Yards rezoning, the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) is planning a new building on the Harborview Towers parking lot. The proposed building includes 161 affordable units, including 48 below-130-AMI; and 98 market-rate. 210 rental total, 155 are permanently affordable, between 161-165% of AMI. The purchase price is proposed to be $12 million (the original proposal for purchase was $5 million). The project is a collaboration between the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and NYCHA. The building is being built over the railroad cut; the winning developer is Atlantic Development, collaborating with Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.

The senior housing on-site will be 60-80% AMI, or $29,000 per year.

The buildings will be 12-15 stories high.

This project must go through ULURP. Council Member Gale A. Brewer is proposing changes, including more affordable units, and fewer market rate units.

NYCHA and HPD are scheduled to appear before Community Board 4 on September 18th, 2007 to discuss the site.

601 West 57 Street, 830 12th Avenue (Durst Sites 1 (Helena) and 2)

Address: Residential Site-601 West 57 Street (601-605 W. 57th, 839-845 11th Ave)
Commercial Site-830 12th Ave (820-838 12th Ave, 651 W 57th, 652 W 58th)
Landmark status: No


Risa Shoup, Programming Director
201 East 42 Street 32nd Floor
NY, NY 10017
(212) 391-8151

Contact Information for Durst Sites 1-4:
Helena Durst, Assistant Vice President
Durst Development, LLC
155 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
(212) 789-1129

William Floyd
Law Office of Claudia Wagner
277 Broadway
New York, NY 10007
(212) 619-2052


Summary of site plans and status

The Durst Organization owns most of the block between 57th and 58th Streets and 11th and 12th Avenues. This large piece of land is currently zoned for one residential building and one commercial building.


601 West 57 Street – The Helena

The construction of the 37-story residential tower, known as the Helena, is complete, and the tower opened in March 2005. There are 600 residential units, and the building is 80/20. The building is fully occupied. The tower has a gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating.


Residential Site:
Block No: 1105
Lot No: 29

The Durst Organization is also building a residential tower on the commercially zoned site next to the Helena. Community Board 4 agreed to meet with Durst to discuss the building of a residential tower in exchange for leasing the ground floor commercial space of the building to Bay Ridge Auto Group at below market rate. A meeting between interested parties including Community Board 4 and Council Member Brewer will be scheduled fall 2007.

Nations Academy Site:
Block No: 1105
Lot No: 14, 19, 43, and part of 5

UPDATE: 4/3/08

It is our understanding that the Nations Academy developer has applied for Industrial Development Agency (IDA) bonds for this school site.

The term of the IDA has currently expired, and will require state legislative action to extend its term. At this point, the state has not acted.

It is the opinion of Council Member Gale A. Brewer that this is a For Profit school. However, the developer has applied for IDA bonds as a Not-for-Profit school. Council Member Brewer believes the developer is not entitled to receive public money.


UPDATE: 3/3/08

The Durst Organization submitted a special permit application in connection with the construction of a new school at 614-623 West 58 Street. The Durst Organization proposes to construct a six story building on the mid-block portion of West 57/58 Street between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues. The southern half of the new academy building is located in a C4-7 zoning distric, where the construction is permitted as of right; however, the northern half of the building is located in an M1-5 zoning district where such use is not permitted, except by Board of Standards and Appeals special permit. The application requests a special permit to allow the construction and operation of the academy on the entire project site.


The Durst Organization is planning to build a private school called The Nation School, next to the Helena Residence. The Nation School will be the first of many schools planned to built across the United States and the world featuring grades K – 12. The organization plans to build a four to five story school, encompassing up to 200,000 square feet. The first phase of the school will house grades through 7.


830 12 Avenue

This site is a vacant building previously owned by Art Craft Strauss, and currently owned by the Durst Organization. While vacant, it houses artists and their workspaces as part of a program operated by Chashama

Commercial Site:
Block No: 1105
Lot No: 1