Closing the Gap in the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway

$100 million dollars to close the gap in the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway (Images: via Untapped Cities. Closing the gap in the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway)

Those looking to circumnavigate the island of Manhattan need look no further than the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway. But New Yorkers who walk or cycle the 32-mile-long route often will likely have encountered a gap on the east side near the United Nations Headquarters. As our friends at Untapped Cities recently reported, New York mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio has now pledged $100 million dollars to close a large part of the gap in the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway.

The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway in New York City

Untapped Cities writes: “A new esplanade will be built between 53rd Street and 61st Street, with the design phase commencing this year and construction completed by 2022. This important stretch at the southern end of Sutton Place South, adding access to the waterfront where currently apartments sit elevated above a covered portion of the FDR Drive, continuing under the Queensboro Bridge, to the abandoned rollercoaster-like structure at 61st Street, an art installation by Alice Aycock from 1994. The new esplanade will be built over the East River, and initial approvals have already been obtained from the US Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, and State Department of Environmental Conservation.”

Local authorities and community groups hope the East River Greenway will bring similar benefits as those enjoyed by residents and tourists on the west side of Manhattan.

Untapped Cities added: “An additional $5 million in the budget will be used to assess how to close the remaining gaps along the waterfront. The current renderings released by the Office of the Mayor are by no means actual, as the design phase has not yet begun, but are used to show the potential of the project.”

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