Plan Calls For Beach, Boat Launch Near Brooklyn Bridge

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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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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