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    I agree.

    I tend to enjoy City Parks during daylight hours (and when the weather is fine).

    I tend to enjoy either the Pub or my couch at all other times (outside of working hours).


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    Default Purple!! Speaking of Barnum and Bailey!

    Under FDR by the South Street Seaport this evening.

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    Awesome! Am very much looking forward to the this park. It could be very cool -- though I have a feeling it might be a hit-or-miss proposition...

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    I think it will be more of a morning destination when the sunshine is at its best on this side of the island.

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    The East River Park Promenade

    March 23, 2010

    The East River Park Promenade remains an unsightly mess, even as it continues its sluggish march toward the long-overdue finish line. In the meantime, any hope for final completion ebbs and flows with the tide.

    Last year, a small section of the bulkhead just north of East Houston was reopened to the public. Further south, in the immediate shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge, new railings are now in place; but much of the walkway is still unpaved dirt. From the look of it, a summer reveal could be in the cards. But we won’t hold our breath. ed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BoweryBoogieALowerEastSide Chronicle+%28Bowery+Boogie+|+A+Lower+East+Side+Chr onicle%29

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    There's no dressing up the fact that this is under the highway. I don't think it will ever be the draw for locals that HRP has become on the West Side of the island.

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    Default This will Dress Up the area!!

    South Street Seaport Redevelopment Plan Could Be Revived

    Remember when the flashy and Landmarks-despised makeover of the South Street Seaport (signature piece: a SHoP-designed 42-story condo/hotel tower where the Pier 17 mall now stands) was killed off due to the financial meltdown of the Seaport's leaseholder, General Growth Properties? Well dust off your placards, neighborhood opponents, because the project may—may—be coming back in some form.
    General Growth is emerging from bankruptcy, and Downtown Express reports that the Seaport will likely fall under rule of offshoot General Growth Opportunities, which would take the properties with development potential. "Presumably," a spokesperson said, "the new company would continue to pursue the highest, best use of that property, which we felt was the proposal we put out." Ba-bam! The bankruptcy exit plan requires court approval, so this is all preliminary, but at least we have an excuse to link to photos of that glowing Seaport model again!
    · Emerging from bankruptcy, firm revives Seaport tower talk [Downtown Express]
    · South Street Seaport Redevelopment coverage [Curbed]

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    Fulton Fish site eyed for fresh-food marketplace

    By James Comtois
    Published: April 15, 2010 - 2:02 pm
    City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, council members Thomas White and Margaret Chin and representatives from local community groups gathered Thursday morning at the South Street Seaport to push for a regional fresh-food marketplace near the former site of the Fulton Fish Market.
    Among others who were on hand to support the proposed marketplace were Janell Vaughn, senior general manager of General Growth Properties which owns South Street Seaport, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance president Roland Lewis, and Julie Menin, the chair of Community Board One. Local foodies, including Nelly Wu from W & T Seafood and Anita Lee from Bo Bo Poultry Market, also lent their support.
    “I can't think of a better place than the historic Fulton Fish Market area to host a regional food market in lower Manhattan,” said Ms. Quinn at the press conference. “These markets would welcome a variety of visitors and residents while boosting economic development.”
    Established in 1822, the Fulton Fish Market was one of the first organized open-air fish markets in the city and the nation. The site is just south of the Brooklyn Bridge. In November 2005, the market decamped to Hunts Point in the Bronx.
    According to Ms. Menin, the Fulton Fish Market area, which is already slated for redevelopment, is a perfect location for a food market.
    “Lower Manhattan is the fastest growing community in New York City, and there is a pressing need to bolster our neighborhood's infrastructure, services and amenities to accommodate this rapid growth,” she added.
    Advocates say that the proposed market would draw both residents and tourists, similar to Seattle's Pike Place Fish Market.
    Earlier this year, Ms. Quinn encouraged the investment in a destination market that highlights small vendors, diverse cuisines and regional products. The City Council has already invested in the revitalization of two other markets, La Marqueta in East Harlem and the Moore Street Market in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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    Great idea. And it was a great idea a few years ago before the Fish Market closed and it was suggested it become a farmers market. In all that time they're still talking about it like it's a fresh idea.

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    Architect's Outlandish Idea: LIC Commuters Should Walk on Water!

    April 16, 2010, by Pete

    The Manhattan approach, south of the United Nations complex.

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    Snoop around architects' websites and you're bound to find some interesting stuff. Like this! Now that shovels have hit the ground for the long-arrested FDR Memorial on Roosevelt Island, some other ideas for the East River are coming to mind. One concept is a footbridge linking Manhattan and Queens, from architect Andre Tchelistcheff, who is designing the insides of Marc Jacobs's West Village townhouse. That's right, leisurely strolls through the Midtown Tunnel are so yesterday!

    The hybrid suspension-drawbridge would cross the the East River from a western approach slotted between the United Nations and Sheldon Solow's fallow hole. A series of pylons step across the river, with cables supporting the pedestrian platform below. From a support sunk into little Belmont Island, the footbridge takes a dogleg to the east, connecting to Long Island City near Gantry Plaza. Off center, closer to Manhattan, is the drawbridge section that could be raised so ships can continue on their way. The drawings suggest that this slanting feature would offer some fun for the folks on foot, especially those who don't mind a mid-river dunking. Where do we sign up?

    Portfolio - Conceptual - East River Footbridge [Andre Tchelistcheff Architects]

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    This would be just great for those who live any where near LIC: the ferry service is limited and costly and the subway service is limited and over-crowded. This idea is nothing novel, particularly given the existing footbridge over the east river, but I do like the artful design of the bridge; it's less utilitarian looking the other existing footbridge over the east river.

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    The crew who wants to develop the Domino Sugar site were urged to include a footbridge from the waterfront there across to the East River Park (taking inspiration from London's Millennium Bridge by Arup, Foster and Partners and Sir Anthony Caro that crosses the Thames and leads to the Tate Modern), but they balked at the cost / effort and such a footbridge is no longer part of the Domino proposal.

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    Future pedestrian bridges could dispense entirely with the concept of raising the bridge itself to accommodate ships. Since it's a pedestrian bridge, all you have to move is the pedestrians themselves. We all know the ease and simplicity of the answer to that brief: run ordinary elevators from the lower to the upper level. The bridge can be perfectly stationary, while the pedestrians do all the moving. You don't need a bridgemaster or expensive machinery.

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