Reconnecting The Capital of New York to it’s aquatic roots
In 1609, Henry Hudson sailed his small craft, the Halfmoon,
up river from Manhattan and discovered the area that has
since grown to be the vibrant Capital of New York State. The
design of the de Laet’s Landing project revolves around reestablishing
the area’s historic connection to the Hudson and
capitalizing on the destination-oriented focus that the river
can bring to the businesses and retail outlets involved.
Great waterfronts around the world recognize one key fact:
the gold is the water, not the land. Famous waterfronts such
as Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and Rainbow Harbor in Long
Beach, California, maximize contact with the water, and bring
new energy to water uses. The vision for de Laet’s Landing
accomplishes this through the creation of a new harbor as the
centerpiece of the entire downtown waterfront project.
Linked from that harbor is proposed a dramatic re-connection
of Rensselaer’s fabric of streets and blocks, and the new
Amtrak train station, to an authentic mixed use development,
right on the edge of the Hudson River, overlooking the Capital
skyline and accessible to Albany’s downtown business district
by less than a 5 minute drive. The new harbor is connected
in turn to a riverfront promenade which has the potential to
link both sides of the river in a “Blue Loop”, creating a unified
waterfront park for the entire metropolitan area.
View of Capital skyline from de Laet’s Landing site.
The design envisions a vibrant mix of destination-oriented restaurants and upscale boutique retail to
fi ll over 165,000 GSF augmented by the extension of the harbor in-shore providing docks for boats,
open plazas for recreation, and a new pier offering dramatic views up and down the river. Sprinkled
throughout the development are a variety of residential units, from townhouses to mid-rise lofts, for a
total of 515 new residences. There is also 250,000 GSF of showcase offi ce space, and a 236,000
GSF hotel pad available, each positioned for optimal views of the riverfront, and just a short walk to
the public esplanade.