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East River Waterfront Eco-Park Design

Innovative habitat restoration and ecological design along New York City's waterfront

Project Details

SHoP Architects and Ken Smith Landscape Design engaged Great Ecology on the conversion of a portion of Pier 35 into a habitat feature as part of Manhattan’s East River Waterfront (ERW) eco-park sponsored by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Great Ecology provided scientific and design support to restore habitat in the intertidal and subtidal zones and conceptualized an intertidal “habitat slab” to encourage the establishment of mollusks and crustaceans. Great Ecology also designed and implemented a water-quality monitoring and shellfish growth, reproduction, and survivorship study. This multi-year project serves as a pilot for sustainable waterfront development in New York and earned the 2009 Design Award of Excellence from the Public Design Commission of NYC.


Ecological Design & Planning, Habitat Restoration, River, Stream, and Riparian Restoration, Wetland Delineation & Permitting,


The New York City Economic Development Corporation


New York, New York

Landscape Architect

Ken Smith Landscape Architect