The Harlem Edge/Cultivating Connections competition will explore the redevelopment of the decommissioned Department of Sanitation marine transfer station located in the Hudson River at 135th Street. The site offers the opportunity to engage the local Harlem community with the waterfront, and echoes recent efforts by New York City to reclaim the waterfront for non-industrial use, as included Department of City Planning in its Vision 2020, the Comprehensive Waterfront Action Plan for New York City.
Entrants are challenged to re-imagine the presently inactive site in order to provide a platform to discuss:
- public access to the city waterfront
- means in which urban agriculture can be introduced into the community
- creative programming and its ability to stimulate economic activity
This competition will generate a wide range of ideas that may influence the City's and communities' plans for the sustainable redevelopment of the site in the near future. Prior proposals for the site generated by community groups, including Community Board 9 and WEACT, a local environmental justice advocacy organization, suggested developing the site as a community facility. We concur with these goals and propose a loosely defined program that includes two key program components; a food and nutrition education complex and a multi-modal transportation hub; which will be complemented by unique programs designed by each individual submission.
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