Despite the new agreement, some are concerned about the park's construction and longterm effects on the area and the environment there. Environmental issues have been posed by groups regarding construction in an undisturbed region of the river that's designated to be estuarine sanctuary, and according to Curbed NY, local residents have voiced speculation over what will happen to the space once Diller's lease runs out in 20 years.
However, Hudson River Park Trust's President Madelyn Wils said they aren't worried. Wils told the Times, "We take our role as stewards of the Hudson River Park sanctuary seriously. And that’s exactly why we not only conducted a thorough environmental review in accordance with state law, but went beyond what was required by inviting public comment on that review." She also mentioned that "all the protections we need to make sure the project is financed" were taken care of.
In 50 years, both NYC rivers are probably gonna be one giant pier/park/airport, anyway.
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Pete Dombrosky is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist and he can't wait to sneak booze into Pier 55 and enjoy an afternoon on the Hudson. If that's your idea of a good time, join him on Twitter.