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Pier 40

Recommended by

Fred Wilson Venture Capitalist

on September 10th 2007
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  • Info

  • Address

  • Houston Street & West Side Highway
  • New York
  • NY
  • 10014
  • West Village
  • Contact

  • 212 627 2020
  • Website

  • pier40.org
  • Directions

  • 1 to Houston St
  • Map

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Recommendation

Fred Wilson Says

Pier 40 is this amazing place—it's a pier at Houston Street on the West Side Highway—and if you never walked inside of it, you wouldn't know, but right in the middle of this huge structure is an enormous ball field where kids and adults play soccer and baseball. Steve Nash, the pro basketball player, plays soccer there sometimes. And the field has this beautiful, new natural green Astroturf field. On a beautiful day, the blue sky and the green field and this white structure of the pier around it—it's a magical place. And it's an accident. It happened because the Hudson River Park Trust, who's building the park all the way up and down the West Side Highway, eventually wants to commercialize this thing but it was sitting vacant so they built a field there for the kids and this has become, basically, the Central Park of lower Manhattan. The tragedy is that they want to turn it into you know, like an entertainment complex. But I'm fighting with a bunch of citizens of lower Manhattan to stop that from happening. But I love Pier 40, I love going there to ball games, it's an example of how you can raise a family in New York and have the same experience here in New York that people in the suburbs have.

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