Central River – MAS Summit 2014

At the 2014 Municipal Art Society Summit, JDS Development Founder Michael Stern joined Vishaan Chakrabarti of SHoP Architects, Helena Rose Durst of The Durst Organization, Keith O’Connor of James Corner Field Operations,Andrew Winters of Cornell Tech, and Daniel Levy of CityRealty and the East River Skyway to discuss the East River’s development renaissance. Though historically the area has been seen as the far eastern edge of Manhattan, a broader view that includes Brooklyn and Queens repositions it as New York’s “Central River.” With new developments, enhanced transportation access, and public green space emerging on both sides of the River, a vibrant waterfront is set to be developed in an area that has been underutilized for too long. Speaking to the new JDS project at 626 First Avenue and its accompanying park, Michael Stern emphasized the importance of improved public transportation to the commercial viability of a neighborhood. Stern added that such challenges should not deter developers, but should instead lead to innovations that become the norm for waterfront projects.