Pier 42 is open once again and we invite you to bring a picnic, meet the artists and designers who will be working on in the park this summer, and enjoy a variety of family friendly, outdoor activities at our Spring Waterfront Celebration!

Pier 42 is a temporary park space that opened in the summer of 2013. The Paths to Pier 42 project brings neighborhood residents, artists, designers and community organizations together to activate a new park space on the Lower East Side Waterfront with collaborative installations and public events. The project builds on neighborhood advocacy to create more accessible green, open space on the waterfront; by increasing access and creating public uses of Pier 42 while it awaits permanent transformation over the next several years.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of Combo Colab


Saturday, May 9 from 12:00–4:00pm

at Pier 42

Pier 42 is located along the East River between the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges. The temporary park site is on the south side of the FDR Drive with entrances from the East River Greenway at Montgomery Street and through Corlears Hook Park at Cherry Street. The nearest subway station is the F train at East Broadway.




Be a part of the Fish Stories Community Cookbook: submit your favorite seafood recipe, and draw fish that swim through our city waters with 2015 artists Meredith Drum & Rachel Stevens

How do sunlight and surface reflectivity affect climate change locally and globally? Learn about the albedo effect through family-friendly science experiments with Two Bridges Neighborhood Council

Free WiFi and phone charging provided by WiFi-NY. What if the power didn’t go out during Hurricane Sandy?  Connect to the future with our 3-in-1 wifi, charging and emergency lighting station for the public.

Visit the BioBus, a mobile science lab on wheels

 Learn about river ecology with the Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC)

Visit the LESEC compost site just north of Pier 42 to learn about composting with OpenBin NYC

1:00pm and 3:00pm

Join a walking and talking exploration of the waterfront: The Urban Backstage

Which spaces in the city allow us to remove our masks, to make mistakes, to expose [or hide] things, thoughts and actions that may not be allowed elsewhere? What else lies behind the scenes? Artists Julie Kline, Elliott Maltby, Clarinda Mac Low, Jeremy Pickard, Shawn Shafner, and Rachel Stevens will lead this exploration.

Walks will depart from the welcome tent and will last up to one hour.


Enjoy a dance performance by Faye Driscoll

Thank You For Coming is a series of works that heighten how we experience ourselves in relation to other bodies, other stories, and the spaces we all inhabit. Join us for an extended excerpt from Thank you for Coming: Attendance, and see performers pass through morphing states of physical entanglement and scenes of distorted familiarity, building new bodies, new stories, and new ways of being around a constantly constructed and re-imagined group experience.

Paths to Pier 42 is a project of Good Old Lower East Side, Hester Street Collaborative, Lower East Side Ecology Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, in close partnership with the Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance, NY State Senator Daniel Squadron, and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.

Paths to Pier 42 is realized in collaboration with Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, New York City Council Member Margaret Chin, State Assembly Member Sheldon Silver, and Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez.

Support for Paths to Pier 42 is provided by Ameriprise Financial, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Con Edison, Climate & Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP), The Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York Community Trust, NYS Environmental Protection Fund, NYS Health Foundation, North Star Fund, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Surdna Foundation, WABC-TV, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council.

Materials are provided by Solar One and Build It Green.

Faye Driscoll’s THANK YOU FOR COMING: ATTENDANCE is commissioned by Danspace Project and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

The Urban Backstage activities are part of iLAB East River, a partnership of LMCC and iLAND.