outdoors & recreation
NYC Piers Without Peer
by Michael Hsu, 07/21/2010
Photo: Joe Buglewicz
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South Street Seaport, Financial District, Manhattan
Many of the City's piers have undergone substantial renovations over the past few years, but few have been transformed as boldly as Pier 15. Designed by SHoP Architects, this bi-level pier is an architectural destination in its own right. The upper level runs more than 500 feet and is split into two sections, each with its own patches of rolling lawn with ample spots to sit—the perfect place to view the tall-mast ships that are usually docked nearby. Below, two glass-enclosed pavilions will be the future home of a restaurant and a maritime museum; they're separated by a small garden and covered walkway that provides shelter from the sometimes beating sun. The pier is usually less crowded than the bustling Pier 17 nearby, but the views are equally striking. And with its sleek, modern aesthetic, Pier 15 is one of the City's most serene waterfront public spaces.