8. A Retaining Wall Holds Back the Earth

The sheer amount of landfill excavated from New York City tunnels created large piles of earth along this waterfront. In one section of Hunter’s Point South Park, leading up to the cantilevered overlook platform, large concrete retaining walls not only hold the earth back, but widen the amount of wetland space the architects and landscape architects could instill. The public spaces adjacent to the walls have already become a popular gathering spot – a photo shoot of a dance was happening during our visit. The stepped terraces at different elevations allow for separate groups to use appropriate the space for themselves, albeit temporarily.

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