Saturday, February 2, 2019

A beach grows in Manhattan

 NY Post

The same firm that designed the High Line will soon plan out the borough’s first public beach just a block away — on the 5-acre spit of land jutting off Gansevoort Street in the West Village, The Post has learned.

When the $60 million Gansevoort Peninsula portion of the Hudson River Park Trust’s $900 million park renovation project is completed, after two years of construction, in 2022, it will be the largest single greenspace in the 4-mile-long Hudson River Park, planners said Wednesday.

 The beach and its rocky Hudson River shoreline will be built on Gansevoort Peninsula, which until two years ago was the site of a Department of Sanitation salt storage building. An FDNY fireboat house and dock remain at the site, at least for now.

 The future design will provide direct waterfront access to the public while serving as a protective barrier against flooding and storm surge, trust CEO Madelyn Wils said in a statement.

 The construction money will come from a combination of state, city and private funding, she said, along with $152 million secured by the trust through three air rights sales, she said.

The waterfront will be “unlikely to include swimming access,” said Wils.

Climate change? What climate change?

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Anonymous said...

The water is disgusting enough in NYC. I dont even like to swim in jones beach.

Anonymous said...

Now lets be honest. How many people will get to enjoy this beach? The answer is very little. Only the residents in that area and some vagrants will get to cop a squat in that limited space. Sorry outer borough folks.

Anonymous said...

Amazing. We don't have money to make basic repairs and upgrades in parks across Queens but we have the money for this in Manhattan.

Ned said...

A West village beach?
Perhaps they will have a "To The Beach" signs along with pictures of missing gerbils on it.

Sunnyside Al said...

Nothing like a radioactive dip in the brown water.

The three-eyed fish will be waiting for their bait.

Our yuppies will love it!

Anonymous said...

Excellent album by Supertramp.

Anonymous said...

The East River used to be called the Sound River and is salty and part of the Sound. They promised us clean Manhattan beaches by now in the 1990s. Actually most of the bad stuff came from sewage. At the time of George Washington, works would not eat pilings because there was too much sewage in the water. Well, now the worms survive and eat pilings. That's why TZB was replaced. A lot of beaches is north Queens are a lot cleaner than most resorts except for the car parts that wash up from snow dumping.