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NYC Will Complete Manhattan Greenway

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

At Riverside Park, bikers are surrounded by the scenes of New York City. At Riverside Park, bikers are surrounded by the scenes of New York City. (Ed Yourdon/Flickr)

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday that a deal has been reached that could give the city the money it needs to complete a greenway around Manhattan.

Bloomberg called it "a once in a generation opportunity."

Under the agreement, which has yet to be signed, the United Nations would pay $73 million for part of Robert Moses Playground on First Avenue between 41st and 42nd streets. The U.N. has had a long standing desire to consolidate its offices and build a new building connected to its existing campus.

The money from the deal would be used to complete the gap that runs on the east side from 38th Street to 60th Street and complete the 32-mile path around Manhattan.

Mayor Bloomberg said, "Today's agreement puts in place a critical missing link — the last major gap in the Manhattan Greenway — that will make the waterfront a resource for the whole City to enjoy. This win-win deal allows one of the City’s largest employers to grow, thrive and create more jobs."

There are several steps that need to be met before the deal can be completed, including having the U.N. meet all conditions and state approval.

According to the city, the project will increase the overall open space in the area by 130,000 square feet. Completion of the greenway has been a goal since the Dinkins Administration.

With the Associated Press

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Howard Giske from Bronx, NY

The NYC greenway is a dream come true. I read about it in Cy A Adler's Book, Walking Manhattan's Rim-- The Great Saunter. I think there is still a lot of work to be done. I was just by W. 125th St and 12th Avenue by the Hudson, and I was not sure if the NYC Manhattan Greenway path continues past the NY State Park by the sewage plant. Got to check Adler's The Great Saunter again. It's still in print on Amazon.com

Dec. 26 2012 03:07 PM

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