Pier 64, WPA Pier Shed Before RemovalPier 64 and the Empire State Building.
Pier 64, located along the Hudson River opposite West 24th Street with respect to 12th Avenue, is presently a New York City park. The park opened in 2009. The pier was originally constructed by the Work Projects Administration:
“Built by the WPA for lease by the city to the Government’s Panama Railroad Line. Dedicated by the Secretary of War on May 15, 1940. Thoroughly modern pier, 570 feet by 100 feet, with two-story steel pier shed and steel, brick and concrete bulkhead building, 340 feet by 50 feet, housing the offices of the steamship company.” (National Archives)
The shed has recently been taken down and the pier has been transformed into a “narrow pier supporting a spine of the greenest grass this side of Kansas, the edges lined with benches and studded with deco-inspired lampposts.” (ny.curbed.com)
National Archives; Record Group 69: Records of the Work Projects Administration; Entry 755: "Best Project" Reports, 1940; Box 2; New York City. Hudson River Park's Pier 64 Opens to Chelsea's Lazy Loungers https://www.hudsonriverpark.org/explore-the-park/locations/pier-64
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on August 10, 2014.
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