When it comes to Manhattan, nothing above 190th Street gets much attention, even from those who know the island even stretches that far north. But thanks to a project on the West Side, just south of Manhattan's tip, that might change. Architect Andrew Franz has been hired to redevelop the Dyckman Landing, giving New Yorkers not just a reason to head north, but the opportunity to dip their toes in the Hudson River.
The project includes several small, simple buildings and a focus on open space. Franz says:
We think Dyckman Landing will emerge as an alternative to getting in the car and going to the beach. By boat, bike or mass transit, visitors can quickly reach an urban oasis – a destination with a quiet sense of old New Amsterdam, right in the big city. Where else in New York City can you jump on your bike, spend the afternoon on the water, and then enjoy an idyllic riverside dinner?
Outside of Coney Island, Jones Beach on Long Island is the only option for New Yorkers looking to spend a day at the beach, but the trip requires a 45 minute drive, without traffic, and public transportation options are minimal. Dyckman Landing is expected to open in the next few months; a marina will be added later.
If Franz makes good on his promise not to interfere with the local ecology, the renovation could be a boon to the area and to the city. Attractive, open and public green space is a crucial element of quality of life, and an escape to what feels like the country can make a sometimes stifling city like New York much more liveable.