Stuyvesant Cove Park

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Coordinates: 40°43′59.5″N 73°58′26.5″W / 40.733194°N 73.974028°W / 40.733194; -73.974028

Looking south from Stuyvesant Cove Park

Stuyvesant Cove Park is a 1.9-acre (7,700 m2) public park on the East Side of the New York City borough of Manhattan that runs from 18th Street to 23rd Street between the FDR Drive and the East River. Part of the East River Greenway, it is located to the south of the Waterside Plaza apartment complex, to the east of Stuyvesant Town–Peter Cooper Village, and to the north of the East River Park, and connects to the Captain Patrick J. Brown Walk on the south end.[1]

Located on the former brownfield site of a cement plant and a parking lot, the park was created after the failure of the proposed Riverwalk mixed-use development that would have included residential units, offices, a hotel and a marina.[2] Surplus cement dumped from trucks into the East River has created a small beach in the middle of the park near the end of 20th Street, which is not intended to be accessed by pedestrians.[3][4][5]

The park, which was completed in 2002, cost $8.3 million and was designed by Donna Walcavage Landscape Architecture.[6][7] Solar 1, an environmental learning center with a small outdoor stage for public performances, is located at the north end of the park.

The park features a number of gazebos and a bike path along with ample bike parking. There are several picnicking areas with tables and seating.

Since 2009, Stuyvesant Cove Park has been artfully planted with a wide variety of native plant species. The current (2016) park manager, Liza Mindemann, is embarking on a program to showcase plant species originally native to Manhattan and Long Island in a manner that positions the park as an outdoor classroom for students attending local schools. The 2016 list of native plant species that are available for viewing in the park:

2016 Native Plants of Stuyvesant Cove Park
2016 Native Plants of Stuyvesant Cove Park
SYMBOL Botanical Name Common Name
ACRUR2 Actea racemosa red baneberry
ACMI2 Achillea millefolium common yarrow
AMCA4 Amelanchier canadensis Canadian serviceberry
AMST80 Amelanchier stolonifera running serviceberry
AMFR Amorpha fruticosa desert false indigo
AMTA2 Amsonia tabernaemontana eastern bluestar
ANCA8 Anemone canadensis Canadian anemone
ANTUT2 Anemone virginana tuber anemone
AQCA Aquilegia canadensis red columbine
ARNU2 Aralia nudicaulis wild sarsaparilla
AGAL5 Ageratina altissima white snakeroot
ARUV Arctostaphylos uva-ursi kinnikinnick
ASIN Asclepias incarnata swamp milkweed
ASSY Asclepias syriaca common milkweed
ASTU Asclepias tuberosa butterfly milkweed
ASVE Asclepias verticillata whorled milkweed
BAHA Baccharis halimifolia eastern baccharis
BASE2 Baptesia tinctoria serrate balsamroot
BEPO Betula populifolia gray birch
CARA2 Campsis radicans trumpet creeper
CACA18 Carpinus caroliniana American hornbeam
CAPE6 Carex pensylvanica Pennsylvania sedge
CACA18 Carpinus caroliniana American hornbeam
CEAM Ceanothus americanus New Jersey tea
CEOC Celtis occidentalis common hackberry
CHLA5 Chasmanthium latifolium Indian woodoats
CHVI3 Chionanthus virginicus white fringetree
CLVI5 Clematis virginiana devil's darning needles
CLVI5 Clematis virginiana devil's darning needles
CLAL3 Clethra alnifolia coastal sweetpepperbush
COPE80 Comptonia peregrina sweet fern
COCO13 Conoclinium coelestinum blue mistflower
CORA6 Cornus racemosa gray dogwood
COLA5 Coreopsis lanceolata lanceleaf tickseed
COVE5 Coreopsis verticillata whorled tickseed
CORO Coreopsis rosea pink tickseed
COWR3 Coreopsis zagreb rock tickseed
DEPU2 dennstaedtia punctilobula eastern hayscented fern
DICU Dicentra cucullaria dutchman's breeches
DILO Diervilla lonicera northern bush honeysuckle
DIVI5 Diospyros virginiana common persimmon
ECPU Echinacea purpurea eastern purple coneflower
ELHY Elymus hystrix eastern bottlebrush grass
ERSP Eragrostis spectabilis purple lovegrass
ERYU Eryngium yuccifolium button eryngo
ERAM5 Erythronium americanum dogtooth violet
EUDI16 Eurybia divaricata white wood aster
EUGR5 Euthamia graminifolia flat-top goldentop
EUPU21 Eutrochium purpureum sweetscented joe pye weed
FAGR Fagus grandifolia American beech
GEMA Geranium maculatum spotted geranium
GEMA4 Geum macrophyllum largeleaf avens
GITR6 Gillenia trifoliata Bowman's root
GRRU Grass? (bed San Francisco River leatherpetal
HAVE2 Hamamelis vernalis Ozark witchhazel
HAVI4 Hamamelis virginiana American witchhazel
HEAU Helenium autumnale common sneezeweed
HEHE5 Heliopsis helianthoides smooth oxeye
HENO2 Hepatica nobilis hepatica
HEVI2 Heuchera villosa hairy alumroot
HIMO Hibiscus moscheutos crimsoneyed rosemallow
ILGL Ilex glabra inkberry
IRVE2 Iris versicolor harlequin blueflag
LISC2 Liatris scariosa devil's bite
JUVI Juniperus virginiana eastern redcedar
LOSE Lonicera sempervirens trumpet honeysuckle
LIAS Liatris aspera tall blazing star
LISP Liatris spicata dense blazing star
LISU Lilium superbum turk's-cap lily
LOSI Lobelia siphilitica great blue lobelia
MEVI3 Mertensia virginica Virginia bluebells
MODI Monarda didyma scarlet beebalm
MOFI Monarda fistulosa wild bergamot
MOPU Monarda punctata spotted beebalm
MOUT Morus alba Utah mortonia
MORU2 Morus rubra red mulberry
MUCA2 Muhlenbergia capillaris hairawn muhly
MYHA Myrica pensylvanica Sierra bayberry
OEFR Oenothera fruticosa narrowleaf evening primrose
OSCI Osmunda cinnamomea cinnamon fern
PAAM2 Panicum amarum bitter panicgrass
PAQU2 Parthenocissus quinquefolia Virginia creeper
PECA6 Penstemon calycosa California penstemon
PEDI Penstemon digitalis talus slope penstemon
PHPA9 Phlox paniculata fall phlox
PHST3 Phlox stolonifera creeping phlox
PHVI7 Physocarpos opulifolius roundtip twinpod
PHVI8 Physostegia virginiana obedient plant
PIVI2 Pinus virginiana Virginia pine
PORE2 Polemonium reptans Greek valerian
PRMA2 Prunus maritima beach plum
PRPE2 Prunus pensylvanica pin cherry
PRSE2 Prunus serotina black cherry
PYMU Pycnanthemum muticum clustered mountainmint
PYTE Pycnanthemum tenuifolium narrowleaf mountainmint
QUAL Quercus alba white oak
QUBI Quercus bicolor swamp white oak
QUCO2 Quercus coccinea scarlet oak
QUIL Quercus ilicifolia bear oak
QUMA2 Quercus macrocarpa bur oak
RHAR4 Rhus aromatica fragrant sumac
RHGL Rhus glabra smooth sumac
ROCA4 Rosa carolina Carolina rose
RUAL Rubus allegheniensis Allegheny blackberry
RUTRT Rudbekia fulgida browneyed Susan
SAAN Sabatia angularis rosepink
SCMA2 Scrophularia marilandica- carpenter's square
SIVI4 Silene virginica fire pink
SOCA4 Solidago caesia wreath goldenrod
SOGR4 Solidago graminifolia Virginia goldenrod
SOSE Solidago sempervirens seaside goldenrod
SOST Solidago stricta- wand goldenrod
SPPA Spartina patens saltmeadow cordgrass
SPHE Sporobolus heterolepis prairie dropseed
SYOR Symphoricarpos orbiculatus coralberry
SYLA3 Symphyotrichum laeve smooth blue aster
SYNO2 Symphyotrichum novea-angliae New England aster
SYOB Symphyotrichum oblongifolium aromatic aster
THPU2 Thalictrum pubescens king of the meadow
ULRU Ulmus rubra slippery elm
VEHA2 Verbena hastata swamp verbena
VENO Vernonia noveboracensis New York ironweed
VIPR Viburnum prunifolium blackhaw
VILA10 Viola labradorica alpine violet
VISO Viola sororia common blue violet
XASI Xanthorhiza simplicissima yellowroot
ZIAP Zizia aptera meadow zizia
ZIAU Zizia aurea golden zizia
A dance company rehearses on the outdoor stage at Stuyvesant Cove Park used for public events

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Notes

  1. ^ "Stuyvesant Cove Park". Solar 1. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  2. ^ Stamler, Bernard (October 26, 1997). "Park to Grow on the Ashes of the Riverwalk Plan". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  3. ^ "Before & After". Solar 1. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  4. ^ Kinetz, Erika (January 13, 2002). "Rock Outcropping or Rubble? No One's Neutral on Old Cement". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  5. ^ Kilgannon, Corey (May 31, 2004). "They'll Take Manhattan (Accidental Beaches, Too)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  6. ^ Rosen, Dan (December 9, 2009). "Stuy Town Resident Is Putting on The Pier Pressure". The Villager. New York. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  7. ^ Freeman, Allen (August 2003). "East Side Story". Landscape Architecture. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 

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