Summary: Design the Edge: Hallets Cove explored the potential to turn a neglected, city-owned section of the Long Island City waterfront into a vibrant and ecologically resilient space that would serve its resident community. The site, a dilapidated salt marsh, currently features dumped trash, invasive plants, and several deteriorating structures that formerly held radio broadcast equipment. Leading a team of consultants, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners worked with the community to establish a desirable program, and went on to develop a phased plan of trash removal, demolition, site re-grading, and planting that would transform even an active CSO into usable public space and habitat area. The completed concept design features a floating dock in deeper water that can enhance the local free boating program, an intimate seating area for neighborly chats that provides marsh access for educators and local maintenance partners, and a 1250 square foot, low-profile structure that offers storage for 20 kayaks below a promenade deck where passersby can enjoy stunning views of Manhattan and Roosevelt Islands.

Role: As Project Manager for Starr Whitehouse, I took charge of the project on a daily level, coordinating the work of subconsultants and in-house team members with the needs and expectations of the client. I also developed diagrammatic graphics, public outreach materials and exercises, and was the primary author of the final report and brochure.


Awards and Recognition:
2014 NY-ASLA Merit Award

  • Project Type: Urban Open Space; Concept Plan
  • Client: NYC Economic Development Corporation, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
  • Firm: Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners PLLC
  • Project Year: 2012
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