Reporting Rich Lamb
NEW YORK (AP / WCBS 880) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg says there’s a plan in place that would get New York City the money it needs to complete a greenway around Manhattan.
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The last major gap runs from 38th to 60th streets on the East Side.
Bloomberg says that could be turned into a public space under an agreement that turns over some public land to the United Nations.
The U.N. wants to build a new structure next to its headquarters.
Under the agreement, the U.N. would pay $73 million for part of a playground on First Avenue between 41st and 42nd streets. The money would be used to complete the greenway, including an esplanade along the waterfront.
Supporters describe the not yet final deal as a giant step towards a circumferential park envisioned to eventually encircle Manhattan along the waterfront.
“We are excited to announce an agreement that will allow us to bridge the biggest gap in the greenway and the biggest obstacle to completing a green ribbon around Manhattan,” said Bloomberg.
The city announced the plan on Wednesday.
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