THE BEFORE & AFTER STORY
From what was previously a concrete manufacturing plant, then a parking lot and subsequently used for industrial purposes, Stuyvesant Cove Park is now a model of responsible urban living and landscaping.
Stuyvesant Cove is a unique living symbol of urban ecological restoration. Landscape architect Donna Walcavage transformed this once dirty and polluted stretch along the river into a brilliantly designed park with a spirit of nurturing, caring, and restoring what has been lost in industrialization and urban development. Today, many species of migratory birds and seasonal butterflies find year-round food and shelter in Stuyvesant Cove Park.
Starting 1700’s, non-native species of flora and fauna were introduced to New York, and, as a result, today only 60% of plants and animals in the City are indigenous. Shifts in thinking about landscape architecture attempt to remedy this through places like Stuyvesant Cove Park, which used ecologically sound practices from the architectural stage to the landscaping, including propagation of flora and fauna native to the Northeast. The Park’s maintenance practices also model efficient water use and limit the degradation of soil.
Solar One uses no toxic pesticides nor harmful fertilizers, rather using integrated pest management, organic methods, and hand tools to maintain the Park, address weeds, soil nutrition, and other issues.