Sited along Manhattan’s East River, the program and aesthetic of SkyShore is heavily influenced by its riverside environment. Every day, many tons of sand and silt are removed from the bed of the East River to make way for ever larger commercial freight ships. SkyShore makes use of this excess material in a public landscape where dredged sand is cleaned and reused for recreational purposes. The limitations of the site led to many explorations of looping, folding, and stacking to condense miles of beach front into a confined site. Coney Island became a historical stimulus, raising questions about the limits of what is considered a beach, the role of public recreation in an urban center, and how a new beach typology could serve all of New York.