Beach Planned for Under the Brooklyn Bridge

Thursday, August 01, 2013

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)


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The Dude

What they need are more bowling alleys...MORE BOWLING ALLEYS!
It will be a wonderful yuppie Disneyland where no person honks, smokes,
or drinks carbonated soft drinks, and where everyone shares bikes, does
yoga in Times Square and goes for a swim at the new and incomparable
Shit Hole Beach. Poor? Ha Ha Ha we will make more high-rises and kayak
paddles with which to crush them, or they may disappear into the splendor.
The choice is theirs.

(I never realized how much I would miss the freaks from Wash. Sq. Park.)

Aug. 03 2013 12:11 AM
Thomas Byrne from Manhatten, East 20th Street

I would swim in the East River. After all, 70 years ago, I learned to swim in the mighty Hudson River.

I have a photo of a Harbor Seal at 20th Street & East river, Stuyvesant Cove Park but I cannot paste it in here. Why don't you open up comments so illustrations can be pasted in?

Don't let the flag touch the ground.

Aug. 02 2013 08:45 AM
Alexander Smart from NY

Mayor Bloomberg:
I congratulate your brilliant, creative imagination in moving forward RE the "new" beach! It's marvelous creativity, from nothing to something!
Keep it up!

Alexander Smart
508-274-0193 mobile

Aug. 01 2013 06:27 PM
Michael from Way west Chelsea

By river pools, I presume meaning an enclosed area so one cannot be carried away by the strong East river currents, or perhaps speared by a wayward bumper heading for Cuba and surfing down from Bronx auto yards. The thought of putting your face into that water is truly stuff for science fiction.

Aug. 01 2013 12:56 PM

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