Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
Lower Manhattan to Get New 2-Mile Waterfront Promenade
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
New York, NY —
A stretch of lower Manhattan along the East River is set to get a new, two-mile promenade. The project is meant to transform the waterfront into a more pedestrian and bike-friendly space.
City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden says a newly constructed Pier 15 will have an education center and cafe and bring people right up to the water.
BURDEN: There'll be gigantic chaises, where you can look south into the harbor. And then you go to the upper level, where you'll have giant lawns to sunbathe and one of the most spectacular views in the whole world.
REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg says the esplanade will eventually connect to Battery Park. The $148 million project is mostly supported with federal funds and is set to be finished by 2011. Officials say construction will generate 400 jobs.