South of the 36th Street bridge, where the seawall has crumbled and access is now forbidden, the team envisions a transformation to provide continuous, barrier free public access through the use of erosion-controlling pinned riprap.
Aerial views of eight existing waterfront zones with public/private lands map. Map indicates proposed waterfront stabilization and access zones and typologies.
Proposed porous paver pathway extends around a vacant lot owned by Davison Equities, past a Modell's building currently underutilized as a shipping warehouse, and connects to Rainey Park. RLA envisions the building as a new waterfront cultural center for the neighborhood.
Down under the 36th Avenue Bridge (no acronym yet), a new accessible sidewalk leads to a sliver of neglected waterfront along the ConEd substation. Working in public/private partnership with ConEd, NYC Parks and NYC DOT, we introduce a new public path that would penetrate a substantial wooded area and emerge as a floating boardwalk that moves up and down accommodating tidal change.
North of artist Mark DiSuvero's studio, the City-owned pier where WLIB radio was once broadcast, sits Hallets Cove, a dramatic context for public events. Here a collaged Suzanne Lorenz's Berlin Badeschiff floating pool suggestes how the neighborhood could coalesce around seasonal installations at water's edge.
Riprap & boardwalk just north of Costco along Socrates Sculpture Park. A new ferry landing at the original Sunswick Creek outlet would provide a surreal, scenic dock wedged between an iconic site of discount consumerism and NYC's only site dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale sculpture and multi-media installations outdoors.
A series of shoreline-stabilizing, overlapping granite slabs create a non-normative place for the community to gather and more intimately interact with the water.
Proposed interactive periscope installation as envisioned by RLA for the Noguchi Museum's Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City exhibition.
Installation concept as envisioned by RLA for the Noguchi Museum's exhibition, Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City. The proposal includes a detailed site model of proposed waterfront interventions, independent enlarged detail model pods, site history strip table, and full scale material sample cubes - all fixed in relation to a single line floor map of the waterfront site designed to connect works in multiple galleries.


The Noguchi Museum & Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY

R+L was invited by The Noguchi Museum & Socrates Sculpture Park to collaborate with artist George Trakas on this speculative visioning project for the northern industrial stretch of New York's East River waterfront. R+L worked with Trakas and writer Amelia Black to outline a straight forward, down-to-earth, realizable/affordable roadmap for the development of continuous public access along the shoreline and for a series of thresholds along adjacent Vernon Boulevard that provide both visual and infrastructural connections to the River. The project was exhibited at the Noguchi Museum and documented in a catalog published under the same name.

R+L Team
Lyn Rice & Astrid Lipka, principals
Benjamin Cadena, associate
Andrew Dadds and Jordan Prosser, designers