Pier 13 Site
The drawing is a map of the project site, showing Rivers Alive! on Pier 13 at Wall Street as well as the neighboring piers. The Lower East River remains a bustling, active waterfront with ferries arriving and departing from Pier 11 and boats, large and small, plying the waters. The far Brooklyn shore is still largely industrialized with highly visible maritime facilities. Upstream, the historic ships of the Seaport are prominent and, beyond, the Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridges dominate the scene.
The proximity of the elevated FDR Drive and its proposed treatment creates an urban edge at the waterfront. The underside of the FDR Drive is to be transformed into pavilion-like shops, restaurants, a farmers’ market, etc. And the Drive’s riverside edge is to become a curved guardrail that will conceal cars and deflect much of the traffic noise. The pedestrian promenade running along the Lower East River is scheduled for major improvements as part of the overall East River Waterfront Plan.