Triple Island is located on Pier 42 in Lower Manhattan. It celebrates the opening of the new park by taking into account the geographical history of the site - it is built on the East River from landfill and recently flooded during Hurricane Sandy. It is a scalable and amphibious ecosystem that acts as a temporary habitat for residents. As a public experiment, Triple Island is an approach to living in a future New York replete with an acceleration of environmental challenges. We want it to address the importance of decentralizing our basic resources by creating a regenerative living system that provides food, power, shelter, and water for its inhabitants from natural systems.  We hope it can encourage community-based interdependent networks to further establish means of resource and skill sharing in our daily lives.

Triple Island is a project by Mary Mattingly, and is part of Paths to Pier 42. Paths to Pier 42 is made possible by The Surdna Foundation and the New York Community Trust and by generous donations from Build it Green NYC, New York Restoration Project and Solar One. In addition, this project was funded by an agreement awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission in partnership with the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program.

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Pier 42 is located along the East River between the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges. The temporary park site is on the south side of the FDR Drive with entrances from the East River Greenway at Montgomery Street and through Corlears Hook Park at Cherry Street. The nearest subway station is the F train at East Broadway.

The Rhizomatic Museum in Triple Island: Sound Gallery of People’s Heard Stories of Pier 42.

What happens with the memory of a place that keeps changing? How will it be remembered? Will people understand what it was like in past times? How can you tell what history books never tell?

The Rhizomatic Museum opens its doors in Triple Island with the purpose of collecting, safeguarding and making available to everyone whatever the Lower East Side community wants to tell us about their anecdotes, experiences, family backgrounds and more of the Pier 42, now transformed into the Paths to the Pier 42 Park.

To create this collective sound memory all residents of the Lower East Side are warmly invited to visit us at The Rhizomatic Museum that will be set in Triple Island between September 19th and October 3rd (5-8pm Monday to Sunday) and tell us whatever they think is valuable to understand the life history of Pier 42.

The Sound Gallery of People’s heard stories of Pier 42 will be available at


Andrea De Pascual and Daniel Duran - Daniel is a sound engineer and designer that likes to explore the diverse fields that form from the fusion between sound and image. Recording, Mixer and Post-Production of Audio for Films, Radio, Broadcast, Perfomances and Art Media are some of his specialties. After 15 years working as a sound engineer in Spain he has decided to expand his experience in New York City trying to be involve in new and creative projects.

Andrea is a museum educator with a degree in Education and a specialty in Art Education. Active member of the research and action-based Spanish collective Invisible Pedagogies Andrea is currently a Fulbright grantee in the Art & Art Professions department at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and is writing her dissertation entitled The Rhizomatic Museum; strategies for the assignation of a new role to the public as culture producer and social activist (

Ian Daniel has curated exhibitions and interdisciplinary art events at Storefront Bushwick, Exit Art and Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York. Daniel has collaborated before with Mary Mattingly as curator of the Waterpod Project and is a writer and filmmaker.

Ivan Blake Gilbert is a recent fellow of the 2013 New York Arts Practicum and a BFA graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2011 he was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to study in Istanbul, Turkey. While his training is in painting he is making the transition to experimental architecture with a focus in housing and services for the most destitute multitudes of the planet’s megacities. He is currently living at Triple Island in order to better assess his physical, emotional, and psychological needs in an unorthodox living situation.

Chuck Lin is a Software Developer at Urbanpixels

Kelly Loudenberg is a producer/director of documentaries and video journalism. Her latest videos for the New York Times, a collaboration with Arianna LaPenne, won an Edward R. Murrow award for Breaking News. Kelly has directed short films on architecture, land use, experimental desert cities, and urban design and has exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center, MICA, the Venice Architecture Biennale, and the Guggenheim BMW Labs. Recent screenings include the Architecture and Design Film Festival, the Hungarian Center for Contemporary Architecture, Brooklyn Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival. Awards include a research fellowship at the Center for Art and Environment, and the Center for Land Use Interpretation residency in Wendover, Utah.

Nancy Nowacek is an artist, designer, and educator whose work is rooted in the ecology of the everyday: the processes, codes, values, and habits of life. Her practice is focused on the uses of the body as relates to work, architecture and the practice of space. She is currently designing a pedestrian bridge between Brooklyn and Governors Island to provide New Yorkers an opportunity to step from solid ground into direct negotiation with the water, crossing over the mediating complex of commercial, governmental, and environmental interests and harbor regulations.

Mike Schuwerk was born in Chicago. He holds a BA with Honors in History from the University of Chicago and an MFA from Hunter College. In 2010 he attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Jessica Segall is an artist and musician living in New York City. Her work has been exhibited at the 10th Havana Bienal, The National Gallery of Indonesia, The Queens Museum of Art, the Aldrich Museum and The National Modern Art Gallery of Mongolia. She is the recipient of grants including Art Matters, the Leighton International Artist Exchange Program, and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Jessica attended artist residencies at Skowhegan, The MacDowell Colony, Sculpture Space, Kuenstledorf Schoppingen, Bemis, Triangle Arts and Socrates Sculpture Park. She is a graduate of Bard College and received her MFA from Columbia University. Segall’s practice is multidisciplinary, falling under the categories of sculpture, performance and video.  With a mix of humor and elbow grease, her work investigates the link between creativity and survival. Risk, vulnerability and a conscious ecology underline all of her work, and within her practice, she maintains a position of radical optimism.

Lauren Lacey Slowick is here -

Daija S. Solano is a Cristo Rey New York High School Student

Rand Weeks works with alternative Energy Designer and Installation Engineer with Alternative Energy Design Associates