"There are 154,000 people living in this area, and I don't think [anyone] can remember what it was like to be able to walk down to the river," said Kent L. Barwick, president of the Municipal Art Society. "River access has been sealed off for decades."
Residents push to open up East River waterfront
So, Manhattan, you're feeling cut off from the waterfront? Well, we in Queens have also experienced that for decades, and with all the private development taking place along our shores now, it's only going to get worse for us.
The society organized a meeting of top architects last week to come up with a plan for the stretch of waterfront running from East 34th to 63rd streets. There is currently no way for pedestrians or cyclists to access this part of the city...
For greenspace, a deck over FDR?
That structure would extend over the highway from an existing ConEd site — slated for redevelopment — with a “forested hill” surrounding an existing ventilation shaft at 42nd Street. It would then connect to the waterfront via a six-story glass “pylon.” On the water’s edge would be a ferry terminal, restaurant, amphitheater and sports fields.
Plan Envisions Park Along East River
So when will the Municipal Art Society visit this side of the river and demand the same for us?
Never? Oh, ok, just checking.
Photo from AM-NY