From the Queens Gazette:
Lawmakers in Western Queens have sent out an SOS to Mayor Michael Bloomberg urging immediate action to repair a 200-foot section of the Queens seawall overlooking the East River in Queensbridge Park in Astoria.
The wall has completely failed an expert warned, and is concerned about further deterioration along the waterfront near Queensbridge Houses, the city’s largest public housing development.
For safety reasons, the public officials added, the city Parks Department fenced off the damaged area around the seawall, blocking out local residents’ access to the waterfront.
In addition, cathodic devices under the seawall that are critical to the safe operation of the New York subway is endangered by the seawall’s deterioration.
Making the plea to the mayor were Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, state Senator George Onorato, Assemblymembers Michael Gianaris and Catherine Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. They were joined by Borough President Helen Marshall.
Years ago, Maloney and Nolan secured significant funding to help repair the seawall, but at the time the Parks Department rejected the funding saying the city could more quickly make the repairs if the work was done as mitigation for city projects that have impacted area waterways.
However, the lawmakers’ statement went on, many years have passed since the Parks Department rejected the funds, which were then diverted to other projects, and no work has been done on the seawall.
I have an idea. Let's wait until it collapses and kills a child playing in the park, then we can not only pay for emergency repairs, but also a multi-million dollar lawsuit.