Rest Stop

A temporary waterfront park on Manhattan's Pier 42


Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

New York, New York

Project Team:

Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, Georgeen Theodore, Rebecca Beyer Winik

Planter Construction: Andrew Coslow

Trees provided by New York Restoration Project (NYRP) as part of Million Trees NYC Initiative - a joint initiative led by NYRP and NYC Parks to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City's five boroughs.

NYRP is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming open space in underserved communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City. Visit to learn more.

Hurricane Sandy damaged more trees in the New York area than any previous storm on record, destroying close to 10,000 in New York City alone. Not surprisingly, New York City’s waterfront communities were particularly hard it. In Manhattan, for example, the parks of the large “tower-in-the-park” developments that dominate the Lower East Side’s waterfront–many of them NYCHA properties–were ravaged beyond recognition. To remedy this situation, NYCHA turned to the New York Restoration Project, who, through the MillionTreesNYC initiative, has agreed to plant thousands of new trees on NYCHA properties across the city.

For “Rest Stop,” we are further leveraging this good will by temporarily “holding” twenty of these NYCHA-bound trees at Pier 42, which has an immediate need for shade and green.

While at Pier 42, the trees are held in planters that also double as benches and tables. Built with recycled scaffolding lumber, and arranged in rows, the planters will offer park-goers the experience of a quiet, shady grove.

Over the summer, the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s Summer Street Tree Interns help water, and care for the trees. 

The material cycle of Rest Stop

Rest Stop Planter