NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City plans to spend $7 million to transform a trash-strewn beach beneath the Brooklyn Bridge into a recreational destination.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer officially announced the plan on Thursday.
It calls for a sandy beach and kayak and canoe launch along the East River.[cbs-audio url=”http://cbsnewyork.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/waterfront-1brooks-39-wgeis.mp3″ size=”340″ download=”false” name=”New York City To Develop ‘Forgotten’ East River Waterfront” artist=”1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports”]
“The re-development of Brooklyn Bridge Beach will transform an unused and forgotten stretch of waterfront into a premiere staycation destination,” said Quinn. “New York has always been a city of water, and this project will re-connect us to one of our greatest resources.”
The project will feature tree-lined walkways, concession stands, terraced seating and a spot for fishing. It also includes the installation of salt marshes to prevent flooding.
“East River Blueway is truly a plan developed by the community and for the community and I am thrilled that the transformation of this forgotten waterfront is now on the horizon,” said Stringer.[cbs-audio url=”http://cbsnewyork.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/beach.mp3″ size=”340″ download=”false” name=”New York City To Develop ‘Forgotten’ East River Waterfront” artist=”WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports”]
Future plans include wading pools for swimming. Officials hope to have the project completed in the next few years.
The so-called Brooklyn Bridge Beach is part of a larger plan to open up Manhattan’s East Side waterfront.
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