Plan Would Tear Down Parking Lot, Put Up Park

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Elected officials stood along the edge of the East River this morning to call for a new park where an abandoned parking lot now stands.

REPORTER: The park would be located between 37th and 41st streets and cost 80 to 100 million dollars to build. But East Side Council Member Daniel Garodnick says it will be worth it.

GARODNICK: At a time when our city is focused on moving people out of the cars and into the parks, what better symbol can you find than this, placing an extra ramp of a highway with Waterfront Park.

REPORTER: The park would alleviate crowding caused by a high-rise development proposed for the other side of the FDR Drive, Garodnick says. Neither the state nor the city have committed to the plan.