"For over a century, the Christopher Street Pier in Hudson River Park has been a destination for the LGBTQ community. When LGBTQ people were outlawed from gathering in public, they went to piers. In the 1980's, it became a safe and welcoming space for the marginalized, particularly homeless LGBTQ youth of color and the trans community. Since a major renovation in 2003 and to this day, it has remained a popular gathering place for LGBTQ youth. But for the past 13 years, it has been closed during the Pride March and other special events.
"Recognizing the historic significance of the pier and in the spirit of WorldPride, I have worked with the Hudson River Park Trust and the NYPD on a plan that will allow us to keep it open. We are proud to welcome New Yorkers and visitors alike to congregate on the pier this Sunday as they have for so long."