Stephen Nessen, Reporter, WNYC News
Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition.
There may soon be a new Manhattan Beach in town. The city is hoping to transform a stretch of trash-strewn waterfront beneath the Brooklyn Bridge into a waterfront destination.
The city has secured $7 million to build an 11,000-square-foot sand beach, kayak launch and tree lined esplanade along the East River, officials announced Thursday.
The so-called Blueway Plan calls for river-filtered pools along the waterfront from the Brooklyn Bridge to 38th Street in Manhattan, as well as off shore salt marshes to protect the East Side from future hurricanes and storm surges.
"This is going to be an amazing part of Manhattan people will flock to," Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said.
The announcement comes a day after Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he plans to move forward with his post-Sandy vision to create a $20 billion new neighborhood along the East River known as "Seaport City."
An additional $1 million will be spent on a boat launch at Stuyvesant Cove between 13th and 28th streets.
The city hopes to secure further federal and city funding to complete the project.
(Photos: The Manhattan shoreline that officials hope to transform into Brooklyn Bridge Beach. Stephen Nessen/WNYC)