The Pier 54 Connector project consists of an expansion of the public esplanade from Bloomfield Street to 14th Street where it links to the newly constructed Pier 57 public esplanade. In-water construction and some landscape features, such as a signature curvilinear seatwall and the installation of utilities and balance of landscape opened in 2019. Approximately 24,300 square feet of new public open space was created. The work was funded through a federal transportation grant through the NYS Department of Transportation for 80 percent of the initially estimated project cost. The work provided utility connections for Pier 55, now called “Little Island”.