It’s getting difficult to have a favorite NYC public access green roof.
There’s everyone’s favorite, the winding, magical road of the High Line. There is the meticulous triangle lawn at Lincoln Center, a favorite roof on which to cool off and enjoy people watching in the Upper West Side. Now there is the latest contender and – dare I say – my current favorite – Pier 15, on the East River Esplanade.
I love this rooftop! In fact, I adore this entire project, the ongoing redevelopment of the East River Esplanade. The two-story pier with its green roof is the current jewel in the crown – it’s sleek and urban. It’s modern and inviting. It has knock-out views in every direction. It’s gorgeous during the day, and even more beautiful at dusk when the superbly well-designed lighting scheme turns on.
SHoP Architects in cooperation with WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architect have designed this two-level public park on Pier 15, just south of South Street Seaport, with lots of seating. That’s because you are going to want to stay a while. There are single and double lounge chairs, traditional park benches, kidney-shaped seats and amphitheater style steps to sit on. This pier juts out 500 feet into the East River, giving you spectacular views of the Brooklyn Bridge to the north, Brooklyn Heights to the east and directly behind you, the collection of high rise buildings that is the Financial District. To the south, you take in the expanse of the East River and Governors Island. No matter where you look, you are given a fabulous NYC-flavored eye candy.
Until the first level glass-enclosed cafe is opened, bring your own picnic, grab a seat and plan time to relax and enjoy this fantastic green roof and its readily available urban rooftop experience.