I found the plethora of opportunity for variation in the piers too much to resist. The concept that there were still the remains of the last major usage to the park’s locale living right alongside construction for new work (relatively speaking, I did use two pictures, but the same overall context exists for both) was really interesting to me. Beyond the in progress construction is a ferry port, and behind both rests the Manhattan skyline. Once the piers were a major part of the financial stability of the area, now the remains of the old ones are slowly (VERY slowly, considering they are wood in water!) deteriorating, and rendering the space occupied but unused. In a similar manner, the pier under construction is occupying space, and not usable, but it is becoming, there is movement toward a goal of public use.
The bridge path down to the park presented a very different view from the one afforded on the shore at the piers regarding distance, and materials. Feeling was also different, with the height of the path going over buildings, streets, lights, billboards, and more. The trees, rooftop gardens, and billboards were what really impressed upon me the heights that the path was reaching. And yet, the whole thing seemed to float along, and as I reached the end, the slope was gradual enough I was surprised to see ground plants and flowers and benches along the segment. In contrast, the park and piers were very much grounded; for all that they were waterborne. The construction (and much of the park) was based in concrete, stone and metal in large format. The construction on the pier was still at the foundation stage, and the lack of greenery and soil (landscaping) was very harsh in comparison to the bridge. From a view of the area around you to one dictated by the trees, structures, and earthworks at your back and sides, the park was almost at the level of the water, and that closeness felt very clear. You were at sea level, and ground level. And interesting to me is that trees helped build both atmospheres, it all had to do with scale and perspective.