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    Looks like I should take the F to Delancy and walk.

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    The new esplanade is terrific. But we sure could use some rain (none forecast for the next week, just hot hot hot).

    Lots of folks lighting up the BBQ today.

    Best way in is at Delancey (south of there it's not yet open) or points north.

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    [QUOTE=Merry;326862]City Plans to Use Pier 42 For Parking; “Urban Beach” Proposal on Indefinite Hold


    The highway sucks and must come down. At the very least, City Hall should be the last stop, and it should be dismantled from there all the way to the south.

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    It's Sink or Swim for Midtown Waterfront

    Plans for missing section of East River Esplanade
    are running out of time to be realized

    The new park would be along the FDR, next to Sheldon Solow's stalled construction site.
    Courtesy MAS

    Midtown East is home to the United Nations and to some of the ritziest real estate in Manhattan. But by some measures, it is also one of the borough’s most from front page unattractive locations. The neighborhood district can claim the least amount of public open space in the city, and is cut off from its waterfront by ramp spaghetti from the FDR Drive.

    East Side elected officials and community leaders have been brainstorming for years over how to close a 24-block gap here in a potential East River Esplanade stretching from the Battery to Harlem. In 2007, the Municipal Art Society convened a charrette in which stakeholders and design professionals hammered out a bold vision for a new deck over the FDR Drive that connected via a slope to a new waterfront esplanade.

    But now, what has been touted as a once-in-a-lifetime planning opportunity could be in danger of expiring. The immediate threat to any plan for closing the gap in the esplanade is the potential removal of a row of caissons in the East River.

    The caissons served as supports for a temporary roadway that the New York State Department of Transportation built while they were working on the FDR Drive several years ago. Planners say the caissons potentially could be repurposed to serve as supports for a section of the waterfront esplanade that would stretch from about East 53rd Street to about East 62nd Street. Reusing the caissons could save $20 million to $25 million toward the cost of building this section. However, citing environmental concerns, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which has oversight of the caissons, wants the city to either move forward on a plan for the East River Esplanade or remove them.

    “The reality is that if some sort of agreement isn’t reached that would generate building part of the promenade over the existing caissons, it certainly would be a loss,” said Sarra Hale-Stern, district office director for New York State Senator Liz Krueger, who has been working with the city’s Economic Development Corporation to develop a proposal for the waterfront park. According to Hale-Stern, not only would the city lose the opportunity to save millions of dollars toward the cost of building the esplanade, there is also the possibility that DEC would not even allow installation of new supports.

    The DEC has extended a March deadline for removing the caissons, but officials say these structures may require significant work to prevent them from eroding. “DEC has not yet set a ‘drop dead’ date, in order to allow for the possibility of the city using the caissons as part of its East River Esplanade design,” said Lori Severino, a DEC spokeswoman, adding that the city needed to show progress toward a design if the caissons were to remain.

    The caissons are just one of the many hurdles to closing the gap in the esplanade. Financing the missing link could cost up to $200 million in a complex real estate deal that would radically reshape the Midtown East neighborhood.

    But to make that plan work, two city-owned office buildings currently occupied by the UN would have to be sold. A popular playground that shares a full block site with a ventilating tower for the Queens Midtown Tunnel would also have to be demolished to make way for a new UN building.

    “This conversation has been going on for ten years,” said New York City council-member Daniel Garodnick. “The question is whether you could come to a preliminary agreement that would allow the process to move forward at all.”

    Alex Ulam

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    City Readying for 2nd Phase of East River Waterfront Construction

    By Matt Dunning

    A rendering of the East River esplanade, with a redesigned
    weathered steel fence separating the pedestrian walkway
    from the bicycle path.

    The city is nearing the start of the second phase of its sweeping redevelopment of Lower Manhattan’s East River Waterfront.

    By November, the city says it plans to begin tearing up the existing sidewalk and bikeway along a 1,165-foot section of Lower Manhattan’s frontage on the East River, between the Battery Maritime Building and Wall Street. That stretch, “Package 2” of the city’s $150 million redevelopment of the waterfront between Whitehall Street and Rutgers Slip, will take approximately 14 months to finish and could open to the public as early as January 2012.

    The southern section lacks the bolder attraction of the first phase of work now underway, which includes a new Pier 15 with pavilion and rooftop green space, and the “habitat restoration” work at Pier 35. But it will include the same hexagonal pavers, sleek-looking benches and lacquered wood-and-steel railings used throughout the planned two-mile, 14-million-square-foot park.

    First shown the preliminary plans for the next phase last December, members of Community Board 1’s Waterfront Committee said they liked what they saw, with one notable exception: a series of shimmering metal walls used to separate cyclists and pedestrians. The committee members criticized the walls for their design and worried about their safety. On Monday, July 19, representatives of the city’s Economic Development Corp. returned to the committee with renderings of redesigned walls, much shorter in height than the original set.

    “I like this much better,” Committee Chairman Bob Townley said. “I think it’s great that the EDC went back and listened to our suggestions.”

    EDC had contemplated building a 6-foot-high, 150-foot-long perforated aluminum wall along the southernmost portion of the bikeway/walkway that would separate bike riders from pedestrians. But some CB1 members objected to the height and look of the wall, fearing that pedestrians might feel trapped as they walked between the wall and the rail at the water’s edge and lessening the experience of being by the water. There was also a complaint that the wall would block the vista for cyclists.

    Now, SHoP Architect representative Cathy Jones told the committee, a three-and-a-half-foot high fence made of weathered steel will be erected, finished in a burnt orange paint matched to the hue of much of the new park’s wooden elements. The committee unanimously supported the change.

    North of the Battery Maritime Building, near Pier 6, juniper trees and coastal grass would separate cyclists from pedestrians. Just below Pier 11, the north-south bike lanes would split to accommodate the current Fire Department parking lot beneath the FDR Drive. Along South Street, the city removed the bus-parking lane that once occupied the east side of the street in order to expand the bike lane. EDC had intended to hide the parking lot with an aluminum wall similar to one planned for the southern portion of the esplanade. That wall too has been replaced with the new, shorter design.

    “It still has that slight undulation to it,” Jones said. “So we’re still kind of mimicking that idea of movement of the original wall.”

    Above Pier 11, where the city will need to maintain an open corridor for the thousands of ferry riders, pedestrians will see little change. The new pavers, benches and railings would be installed around the pier to maintain uniformity with the rest of the park, Jones said, but the general layout of the pier and the adjacent plaza would remain largely the same.

    Community Board 1 had previously supported zoning variances needed for the redevelopment project on the condition that the EDC bring its designs for the project before the board for its recommendations before construction begins. An EDC spokesman said the scope of work in Package 2 received final approval from the city’s Public Design Commission in April.

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    East River Floating Pool Concept Dives Right Into Our Hearts

    July 23, 2010, by Joey

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    Dumpster pools? Yesterday's news. The latest innovation in the field of urban swimmin' holes is + Pool, a floating pool design we've become obsessed with in the five minutes since we discovered it. Yes, we know, floating pools are also a throwback topic, but look at this thing! It's actually four pools in one, as explained in a diagram that appears on the + Pool website and in the photo gallery above, adding up to 9,000 square feet of splish-splashing and body image issues. C'mon, Bloomie, if we can stick creepy ghost statues on Park Avenue, we can surely make this happen. River + Pool = Totally Awesome.

    + Pool [ via PSFK]

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    The city dismantled the raised highway on the west side, and it did not cause traffic problems. Now it's being made into a beautiful boulevard.

    In my opinion, the same should be done for the FDR, at the very least, south of the Brooklyn Bridge stop. Ideally, however, the FDR should be made into a West Street-garden boulevard for the entire stretch south of 96th Street. If drivers don't like it, they should take mass transit.

    This is what the FDR should look like, and it should have pedestrian crossings so that people can access the East River.
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    Park Rehab Ten Years in the Making

    East River Park Won't Re-open Fully Until Next July

    By Matthew Schuerman

    Residents of the Lower East Side and the East Village have been waiting for almost ten years to get their largest park -- East River Park, between Jackson Streets and 12th Street -- back in tact. And it’s still not finished.

    One day in late June of 2001, the mile-long dilapidated riverfront promenade was suddenly shut down. The Giuliani administration feared it might collapse under the weight of the thousands of people who were expected for the Fourth of July fireworks just days later.
    The city has reopened the park -- snuggled between the FDR Drive and the water -- segment by segment, as each segment is finished. The playing fields were revamped several years ago. A long stretch of the promenade opened earlier this year. But the three or four southernmost blocks are still shrouded behind a chain link fence.

    James Raily, a medical assistant trainee who grew up nearby, welcomed the improvements.

    “The railings to the poles right near the water, they used to be black,” he said. “The pavement had cracks.”

    Raily used to ride his bike up and down the promenade with his father back in the 1990s. Now, 26-years-old, he visits with his girlfriend.

    “It’s completely different now. It has more lights now. It’s more open, more exposed, like hey, everybody should have a good time,” he said.

    But Raily and other East Village and Lower East Side residents have had to be patient.
    Henry Stern, Mayor Giuliani’s parks commissioner, predicted the promenade would be closed for two years. That’s grown into something more like ten years.

    Mayor Bloomberg’s parks commissioner, Adrian Benepe, actually had his first summer job cleaning up beer cans at East River Park. He returned to the Parks Department years later and worked his way up to Borough Parks Commissioner for Manhattan, the position he held when the promenade was shut down. He said he’d taken a close interest in the reconstruction.

    “Quite frankly, I’m not satisfied with the pace of this project,” he told WNYC. “There have been times when I’ve gone there and thought I don’t think they have enough people on the job.”
    The Parks Department chose the contractor, Pile Foundation Construction Company, in 2004 because it was the lowest bidder. According to an internal memo at the time, a database check uncovered some issues that came up during previous jobs that contractor conducted for the city, but nothing that disqualified the Long Island firm.

    Benepe said the Parks Department considered defaulting the contractor, but decided against it because doing so would probably result in litigation, and more delays as the job was bid out again and a new company hired.

    During the five years since construction began, Pile Foundation several times ran afoul of state laws intended to clean up New York’s waterways, according to the State Department of Environmental Conservation. Inspectors have cited the contractor for dumping dirt from the construction project into the East River, or failing to take steps to prevent such erosion from happening.

    The DEC provided WNYC with a video that inspectors took that shows a dilapidated barge floating in the East River, with a large piece of Styrofoam about to fall off. Another video shows a back hoe dumping potentially contaminated debris into the East River.

    “This is an unusual situation,” a DEC official, Regina Seetahal, said in an e-mail. “The number of violations, their duration, and the level of gross negligence and misconduct encountered during this construction project are rather unusual and not comparable to most other projects.”

    Anthony Rivara, the company’s president, wouldn’t return phone calls. In 2007 and again in 2009, he waived his right to dispute DEC’s allegations and agreed to pay a total of $350,000 in fines.

    The DEC has also cited Rivara for sinking barges that he had been using at other construction sites in New York waterways -- though none of those events took place before the bids for East River Park were opened.

    Neither the violations, nor the park’s delays, have gotten much attention. Perhaps that’s because the East River Park is easily confused with a much flashier new park planned for the riverfront immediately to the south: the East River Esplanade.

    Emir Lewis, a filmmaker who grew up on the Lower East Side, had another theory. He moved back to the neighborhood several years ago and goes running in the park frequently.

    “I don’t think people ever expected it to get done in a prompt fashion,” he told WNYC. “I don’t think there’s a lot of anger. If this was happening on the Upper East Side, there would be people burning draft cards in the street.”

    Benepe said the park’s reconstruction should be completed by next July.

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    Pier 13 area

    New Pier 15

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    First Part of Revamped East River Waterfront Opening Soon

    Monday, November 1, 2010, by Sara Polsky

    After some time spent left in the dust of the Hudson River waterfront and Brooklyn Bridge Park revamps, the East River Waterfront had had enough. Phase 1 of the East Side's waterfront redo kicked off last summer, with work on piers 15 and 35. The first bit of that work will finish up at the end of the year, and a two-block section between Maiden Lane and Wall Street will open to the public. DNAinfo took a tour and reveals some of the highlights, including a series of stone steps leading to the water, bar-style seating along the railing, and a 4,300-square-foot dog run with a giant sculpture of a squirrel, for dogs who just don't get excited about hexagonal pavers.

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    Anyone (Radiohead where are you?!?) have any pics of the E.R. waterfront north of 59th st, preferably before '75? Thanks a million in advance. )

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    The section south of the Seaport is nearing completion. Lots of greenery is starting to appear.

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    Starting to look like the High Line in places!

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    East River Promenade Shows Off $84 Million in Improvements

    January 18, 2011, by Joey Arak

    [Photos by Will Femia.]

    If it seems like the entire East River waterfront in Lower Manhattan has been under construction for years, that's because it has been. But the East River Park's promenade is no longer a mark of shame, at least not along the Lower East Side and East Village, where the renovation of the two-mile stretch of promenade between Cherry Street an 14th Street is now just about finished. And it only took six years!

    There's still 600 feet to go, but most of the 6,600-foot walkway is looking good, even underneath the snow. The $84 million in refurbishments includes boring stuff like replacing sewers and concrete, and fun stuff like two new embayment bridges with fluorescent lights. The whole thing should be done when the weather is warm enough to truly enjoy it. Shout-out to the taxpayers in the crowd.

    Five years later, East River Park work almost done [The Villager]

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