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.
Aerial views of eight existing waterfront zones with public/private lands map. Map indicates proposed waterfront stabilization and access zones and typologies.
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.
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