Text and photos by Brian J Pape, AIA

The Missing Bikeway Link Completed

Mid-June saw major improvement and progress in Hudson River Park, including repaving the long-anticipated Gansevoort Park bikeway, a missing link in the miles of protected greenway.

In this photo (looking north from the south end of Gansevoort Peninsula), we see landscaping in place between unfinished walkways of the new park, Little Island visible beyond the tree line and construction scaffolding for the reinforced concrete concession and locker buildings near center. We also see the newly paved bike and temporary pedestrian path. The buildings in the upper right are the historic Nabisco building on 14th Street, with the tilted One HighLine condos under construction behind it and Hudson Yards commercial towers in the distance.

Along the left side of the path, a buffer strip of planting will continue the theme now found on both sides of the path on other parts of the park. Crews are working to complete the continuous esplanade between the shorelines at the David Hammons sculpture and Little Island, which will be just left of the buffer strip at the path. The HRP Greenway contractors did a great job repaving the entire six miles of bikeway with little disruption to its continued usage. We might expect similar benefits with this resurfacing project. Watch the exciting developments this summer.