Daniel Greer was the First Deputy Commissioner of Ports and Terminals in New York City, serving under Commissioner Pat Crossman from 1968 to 1971 in the Lindsay Administration. He helped create new purposes and designs for the many abandoned piers in Manhattan at the time.
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Helping to Change New York City
Daniel Greer, now a rabbi in the New Haven area, was once the First Deputy Commissioner of Ports and Terminals of New York City in the late 1960s. During that time, the shipping industry worked much differently than it does today. Before the late 1960s, products were transported in crates on freight ships, unloaded by longshoremen, and transferred to storage buildings. When shipping methods changed, these docks were left abandoned. Greer helped to repurpose them.
Innovator in New York City
Daniel Greer, as the First Deputy Commissioner of Ports and Terminals in New York City, implemented a new gold standard for repurposing unused property and space. In the late 1960s, with all of the piers in New York City’s harbor were being closed down due to new innovations in the shipping industry, Greer devised a plan for turning these abandoned piers into parks, a practice that still survives today to repurpose land. Now a rabbi in the New Haven area, Daniel Greer was also the First Deputy Commissioner of Ports and Terminals in New York City in the late 1960s. He developed Pier Eighteen in West Village then, the first abandoned pier in the city to be developed, leading a building effort to put in a park above the pier with roller skating space, benches, and planters.
An Early Architect of Pier Eighteen in Manhattan
Daniel Greer started a trend in architecture and repurposing that the New York City continues to use nearly half a century later. As the First Deputy Commissioner of New York City in the late 1960s, Greer was the first to repurpose the old pier spaces and turn them into parks for everyone to enjoy. This strategy for the reuse of old buildings is still used to this day in New York City.
Cultivating Trees for his Yeshiva
Daniel Greer is known for his tree planning efforts for the entire Edgewood community in New Haven, Connecticut. He has been a rabbi for many years in the area. Over twenty years ago, Greer earned a grant for the city to plant the trees. Newly planted trees are especially vulnerable during dry spells, so Greer devised a way to keep them watered and properly cared for ever since. Daniel Greer is known throughout his neighborhood as a conservationist and tree planter. He and his Yeshiva in New Haven planted trees throughout the area and devised a plan to keep them watered and nurtured throughout the tough dry spells that happen regularly in Connecticut. He remains committed to keeping his trees alive and well-watered.
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