New York opens Pier 66 park
The Hudson River Park Trust has opened the renovated Pier 66 and a connected park on Manhattan’s West Side. The 500-foot pier features a new boathouse for non-motorized boats, boat slips and artwork, including a 30-foot-diameter water wheel. The park covers three city blocks and is landscaped with flowers and other plants that will attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife.
New York Gov. George Pataki and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attended the park’s ribbon cutting this week. The project, part of a larger revitalization project on Manhattan’s West Side managed by Parsippany, N.J.-based Skanska USA Building, was under construction for 18 months.