“Paths to Pier 42″ Project Rehabilitates Waterfront With Art, Events | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
Giacinto Frisillo, a contributor at The Lo-Down, has been volunteering with the Hester Street Collaborative as part of their Paths to Pier 42 project on the East River waterfront between Montgomery and Cherry streets. She reports on the progress toward creating public art and events, and how to get involved. Pier 42 will host temporary art exhibits and community events this summer, while plans for permanent redevelopment proceed. Arriving at Pier 42 for a community volunteer day, I was welcomed to the bustling “Banana Pier” by Hester Street Collaborative’s Dylan House. “People who grew up in the area still call it that because of all the tropical fruits that used to be processed through here,” House says. He points at a painted mural on the asphalt. An enormous yellow banana runs parallel to the fence and nearby are paintings of other tropical fruits and a brief history of the pier that doubles as creator Nanna DeBois Buhl’s artist’s statement. Her project is one of five temporary