Mayor de Blasio Announces Final Design of Project to Fill East Side Greenway Gap will Commence Next Week

$100 million initiative comes as part of administration-wide push to complete a contiguous 32-mile waterfront pedestrian promenade and bikeway around Manhattan

NEW YORK—As part of City Hall in your Borough week in Manhattan, Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that the formal design process for a new section of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway between East 61st Street and East 53rd Street will officially kick off next week. The Mayor was joined by local officials to tour a portion of the existing greenway and discussing plans for its expansion. Construction of the new segment will commence in 2019, with completion expected in 2022.

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Bridging the Gaps in Manhattan's Waterfronts

                                                                                                                         by Dave Hogarty, President Shorewalkers

Shorewalkers know that long journeys are the sum of small steps taken one after another. And last night, we took a small step in opening another segment of Manhattan's waterfront to the public.
Participants in the Great Saunter are well aware that a detour currently must be taken around the stretch of the Harlem River that extends from 125th St. to 132nd St. in Manhattan. This shoreline is currently used by the Dept of Transportation (DOT) and the Tribororough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA). As a beginning step in turning this 11-acre site into a public park, personnel from NYC Parks and landscape architecture firm Starr Whitehouse conducted a visioning workshop Wednesday evening for community members to express their preferences for what features an open and accessible waterfront should contain.
An early draft of plans for the new waterfront park features two access points from East Harlem: a staircase and ramp next to the Willis Avenue Bridge and at-grade access beneath an elevated portion of the Harlem River Drive at 127th St.
Elise Boudan of Starr Whitehouse laid out the four goals of the project:
1. Provide safe and enhanced access to the Harlem River waterfront.
2. Connect this segment of the waterfront to Manhattan's existing shoreline greenways.
3. Provide recreational and programming opportunities to East Harlem residents.
4. Create enhanced environmental benefits to the Harlem River waterway.
Wednesday's meeting was the first of three planned sessions for the project's managers to meet with community members and leaders. The next meeting will be scheduled to occur in September when the working group will present updated plans for the waterfront park based on inputs and feedback gained from the first session.

City to Build $100M East River Esplanade Between 53rd and 61st Streets

MANHATTAN — The city will spend $100 million to create a new esplanade with a bike path and greenery between East 61st and 53rd streets along the East River, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. 

 The project, which is set to begin in 2019 and wrap up in 2022, will introduce a bike lane and ample walking space along the eight waterfront blocks, the Mayor's Office said.

Once completed, the esplanade would fill one of the last remaining gaps in the 32-mile greenway wrapping around Manhattan, officials said.

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Hike Report: 43rd Great Manhattan Bridge Report

Article and photos by Jack Shi, Shorewalker hike leader

They must be just around the bend. I should catch up to them soon. At least, that's what I thought as I ran across the Manhattan Bridge.

The last time I tried running across the Manhattan Bridge was during high school when I went to New York City with two friends as part of a class project. Within a few minutes, we'd both lost sight of our fast runner friend Vincent and our resolve to keep running. We walked the remainder of the bridge, ending up in Chinatown. We had a fun day but the most memorable part of that experience was how impossibly long the bridge seemed to stretch, like a great arch into a future we couldn't see and could never reach.

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As New York Reclaims its Waterfront, Problems loom under the surface

              An op ed article by Ronald Lewis of the Waterfront Alliance as it appeared in Crain's NY Buisness


Conflict at the waterfront: It's an age-old state of affairs, with modern real estate wars replacing yesterday's military skirmishes and labor-management clashes. Do tall buildings belong in Brooklyn Bridge Park and at the South Street Seaport? Do we need a new performance space in Hudson River Park?

Whichever side you take on these issues, you're missing the real fight: Man versus Nature.

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