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  1. #61

    Default new photos

    Quote Originally Posted by krulltime
    October 31, 2005

    Ground broken on the West Harlem Piers
    From atop the 125th street viaduct, abandonded staricase under viaduct, road leading to the harlem pier, the harlem pier site (which is now a parking lot).
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  2. #62

    Default some more photos

    The two buildings on the water in the background are (1) sanitation dept. waste transfer station and (2)a "solid waste treatment" plant.

    Alert to future kayakers launching from the new get-down: be "real quick" about paddling clear of the area!
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  3. #63
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    New Piers for Tribeca...

    Renderings of what Piers 25 and 26 may look like in three years.
    Final design drawings are expected to be done by the end of the year.

  4. #64

    Default Drunken Bungee Jumpers

    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1
    New Piers for Tribeca...

    [LEFT]Renderings of what Piers 25 and 26 may look like in three years.
    Is there anyone out there that remembers "The Amazon villiage club" that was at the end of pier 26. I remember vaguely (many many years ago) seeing the bungee jumpers.

    It would be good to hear about some of the history of that place befor the wrecking ball moves in.

    I do remember Pappa Neutrino, and his floating house called "Town Hall".

    Any locals out there who have been around long enough to have some info on "Amazon Villiage".

  5. #65

    Default Ground broken on the west harlem piers

    This is my feelbe attempt at gurilla journalism. Please take a look at the photos taken of the "abandoned parking lot" that has been the "Harlem Piers"
    a project that officially began the planning phase some Eight years ago.

    The "mayors ground breaking ceremony" last week was a sham. There is no doubt in my mind that the Mayor "staged" the ceremony strictly as a political grandstanding opportunity one (coincedently week befor the Mayoral elections) while this site has been sitting dormant for eight years now. Perhaps also, making the particularly important gesture to the "minority" community of Halem.

    This sort of think should be an insult to the inteligence of the people of NYC.
    It is so obvious, it is almost funny as a self-parody skit.

    Any way, I hope to bring this sort of thing to the attention of - at least- the other members of this community.

    So, the "ground breaking" was last week. If this were a true breaking than there would be at least some construction activity. There is none - an I believe (despite last weeks ceremony) that there will not be any construction work done there for yet a long period of time.

    I will contine to post photos on this project; as soon as somthing photo worthy happens there.

    Cheers -
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    Groundbreakings are always a sham. There have been about 17 of them at the WTC site since 9/11.

  7. #67

    Default Pier 84 Boathouse

    After the recent opening of the Ferry Terminal, and the "ground breaking" at harlem piers, and now Pier 84 in mid-completion: looks like the greenway is comming along nicely.
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    Some in B.P.C. worry about closing pedestrian bridges

    By Tonya Garcia
    Downtown Express

    Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

    The state Dept. of Transportation plans to take down the Vesey St.
    pedestrian bridge in a few years as part of its plan for improvements
    on West St.

    The leader of Community Board 1’s Battery Park City committee said she thinks the state’s plan to tear down two pedestrian bridges over West St. will make it unsafe to cross the roadway.

    “There’s got to be a way to get people across the street safely,” Linda Belfer said in a telephone interview Jan. 4, the day after the state Dept. of Transportation made a presentation to the C.B. 1 committee. Belfer said safety has always been an issue at the intersection of West and Vesey Sts., and the new Goldman Sachs building under construction will mean an additional 9,000 workers in the neighborhood.

    “They did indicate that there would be a pedestrian passageway leading to the Winter Garden from the Fulton Transit Center,” she said, but insists that there must be an alternative since it wouldn’t be used by everyone.

    An underground pedestrian walkway connecting the W.T.C. PATH and subway station to the Winter Garden will be built making it easier to get from one side of the street to the other. The PATH station will also have an underground connection to the Fulton Transit Center under construction.

    The state plans to demolish the Vesey and Rector St. bridges, temporary structures which were built after 9/11 to make it easier to cross the street, also called Route 9A.

    Construction work on the section of West St. opposite the World Trade Center site is scheduled to begin early in 2007. The final phase, scheduled to be completed in mid-2009, includes knocking down the bridges and D.O.T. has not determined when the bridges will be closed.

    With traffic volume along this section of road reaching their pre-9/11 numbers, a large part of the project will include shifts in Route 9A alignment. Finished plans also include crosswalks on the following streets: Albany, Liberty, Vesey, Murray, West Thames and Fulton Sts. which will be extended through the W.T.C. site to West St.

    By adding crosswalks, plantings and other safety measures, the state hopes to make it easier to cross the street. The state had considered a vehicular tunnel, but the plan was opposed by Goldman Sachs, Community Board 1 and many Battery Park City residents for cost and safety reasons and it was not implemented.

    The pedestrian bridges will remain at Chambers and Liberty Sts. There is also a study being conducted about the potential for a bridge on Morris St. to replace the one on Rector.

    Officials from the project make assurances that the needs of the community will continue to be met, even throughout the different stages of work. Heather Sporn, deputy director of the Route 9A Project, called the current plans “very preliminary,” and predicts closures based on construction needs.

    For example, modifications of the Liberty St. bridge will require closure periods. “We plan to maintain the existing entrances into and out of Battery Park City,” Sporn said.

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  9. #69

    Default Relocated from pier 25 to NY

    This is a G base image of the pier in NJ (next to the Lincoln tunnel entrance) that the HIstoric Ferry "Yankee" has been relocated to from pier 25 on the nyc side of the Hudson rive.

    (mostly testing G base usese here)

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  10. #70

    Default Exibit about nyc waterfront

    This exibit looks worth a visit - I found this information at the "Friends of the Hudson River Park" website.

    (From FOHRP website)
    The Lost Piers: Photo Exhibit Opens at South Street Seaport Museum. For well over 100 years, the Hudson River piers in Greenwich Village bustled with the maritime commerce that made New York the greatest port in the country. By 1970, however, these piers had been largely abandoned for shipping and fell into disuse.

    But in the decade from 1972 to 1982, the decaying piers became the venues for a thriving "other life," with the rotting pier decks serving as stages for music, dance and acrobats, as well as gathering places for New Yorkers of a hundred different stripes. Some of the most bizarre -- and most poignant - of the scenes that characterized the collapsing piers during this decade were captured by photographer Shelley Seccombe.

    An exhibition of 24 of Ms. Seccombe's photographs sponsored by Friends and the South Street Seaport Museum opened to the public on January 19, 2006 and will remain there through October 31. The Museum is located at 12 Fulton Street in Downtown Manhattan. For hours and directions, go to

    (update) I went to see this exibit today 1/26, and it is not open yet - the info in the website is wrong. The exibit will be open to the public starting tommorow.
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  11. #71


    On the waterfront, before it was green

    “The Lost Waterfront”
    Photographs by Shelley Seccombe
    On view through Oct. 31
    South Street Seaport Museum
    12 Fulton Street
    Call ahead for hours

    Shelley Seccombe

    Shelley Seccombe’s photographs bring back scenes from a forgotten New York, like “West Street in Snow,” featuring the old elevated West Side highway under demolition, and the still-standing Twin Towers.

    By Nicole Davis

    It’s easy, if you don’t live or work near the water, to forget that Manhattan is surrounded by it. It’s easier still, while jogging or lounging or kayaking along the parks that now dot the west side from Battery Park to W. 55th, to forget that those green acres were once home to a working waterfront, filled with sailboats and oyster ships and later tugs and scows and football-stadium-sized pier sheds housing meat and produce and manufactured goods. For roughly 150 years, from the time Robert Fulton launched the first steamship from the Christopher Street pier in 1807, to the 1950s, New York was the greatest port in the country. Then came the rise of container shipping by rail and truck, which shuttered New York’s booming maritime industry and many of the 60-odd piers along the Hudson. Commercial activity started to ebb, and a whole new cast of characters flowed onto the abandoned piers. Fortunately, for those of us who weren’t around to witness this flux, we have Shelley Seccombe.

    “There are many people in New York who have no idea that the waterfront was any different from what it is now,” says the 67-year-old photographer, just a few blocks from the South Street Seaport Museum where her photographs of the old Hudson River waterfront are on view through October. Over coffee, she explains what it was like in the 70s and early 80s, the period her exhibit covers.

    “People hung out on the piers…There were dance concerts, there were always people doing exercises and jogging and walking their dogs and then there were the performers, the people who came and played their instruments.”

    Just as this reporter is about to say that her description of the past sounds pretty much like the present, Seccombe mentions the fires.

    “Then there were all these fires on the waterfront. Some of them may have been arson fires, [but] there were [also] people around smoking, and the decks of the piers would start to catch fire and the fireboat would come.” Someone even set her own car on fire once, when she parked it in a lot along the river. “It was very colorful,” she says, smiling at her choice of words. “I think I saw [taking these photographs] as keeping a record.”

    That record — those 25 photographs on the third floor of the museum — depicts a gritty New York in glorious decay. Dilapidated piers jut out into the Hudson, their frames exposed like skeletal remains. At the edge of one empty pier, a woman curls into an unfathomable yoga pose, mirroring the derelict pier in the background, whose structure is in such bad shape, it looks as though it’s melting.

    In many of the photographs, you can also catch glimpses of the old, elevated West Side highway, known then as the Miller highway. By 1973, it had deteriorated so badly that a cement truck on its way to make repairs to the aging roadway caused a 60-foot section of it to collapse. That was around the time Seccombe began photographing the piers in earnest, exploring the waterfront near her Westbeth apartment where she and her husband David still live and where they raised their daughter, who appears in some of the photos. A Midwesterner by birth, Seccombe was drawn to the water from the moment she moved into the subsidized artist apartments at Bethune and West Street. From her window she could still see the waterfront “teeming with commercial activity.” and Seccombe says she took at least ten trips on tugboats, swapping prints for rides so she could photograph the piers from the river. Many of them are gone now, like Pier 49, whose remaining piles poke out of the Hudson today like thick cattails. Seccombe remembers when it was still intact — well, just barely.

    “One time I was photographing outdoors and I saw someone with a dog on the pier and suddenly the dog disappeared. [It] had fallen in a hole, and a current carried the dog out into the river. The man jumped in to save it, and I went running for help.” The piers, she says, were riddled with breaks in the decking where you could trap your foot and break a leg. “It was not all that pristine and comfortable,” says Seccombe. And yet New Yorkers still managed to find a way to lie on them. One photograph displays sunbathers on the old Pier 51, which has since been reincarnated as a Hudson River Park playground. Back then it was on the verge of disappearing into a watery grave, and laid accordion-like in the river. At its edge, just before the steel bars sticking out from the end, a few extreme sun worshippers spread out blankets to catch some rays. Seccombe says there were days the edges of these piers, hidden from the street by elegant head houses in front, were covered with nude sunbathers. (Don’t get too excited. She kept those racy images out of the show.)

    A few of the digital prints, made with the help of Nancy Sirkis from Seccombe’s stash of negatives and slides, also show the Twin Towers still standing. In one, the smoke and flames from a burning pier crowd out the image of the Towers in the background, a grim foreshadowing of 9/11. Seccombe isn’t sure which pier it was — 46 or 48—because she didn’t take good notes when she first switched careers from violinist to photographer and photography teacher.

    “Although it’s early work, it’s some of my best work,” says Seccombe. “I’m always surprised when I go back to it that it still looks pretty good, even though I was in many ways less technically adept than I am now. I was so involved in it, I guess because I had never lived on the water,” says the Illinois-born photographer.

    Today, Seccombe still takes pictures along the waterfront, particularly of street performers who bring some of the old flavor back. But the grime and the grit are gone. In its place, as photos donated from Friends of Hudson River Park show, are manicured lawns and reconstructed piers where even the people lounge in an orderly fashion, seated almost in a straight line at the edge of the newfangled Pier 45.

    Increasingly, however, Seccombe is turning away from the waterfront and into the heart of the country, where she travels frequently to see her daughter in Phoenix. On her road trips with her husband through the Heartland and the Southwest, she finds herself stopping in places like Kansas to photograph orange piles of sorghum and old grain elevators — yet another symbol of industrial decay.

    “I hate to say that I only take pictures of things in decay,” says Seccombe. “But it’s difficult to shoot something that’s inherently beautiful in a way that will capture people’s attention.”

    Downtown Express is published by
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    A Ribbon of Green That Hasn’t Got Any

    Paying for Parks With the Public Purse

    By Matthew Schuerman
    NY Observer
    Feb. 27, 2006 Edition

    The five-mile-long Hudson River Park was born from the rubble of Westway—the controversial plan to sink the West Side Highway and cover it with park, which met an ignominious end in 1985.

    But reclaiming the waterfront—and getting the hookers off the piers—still sounded good to pretty much everyone.

    So planners conceived a new ribbon of green around the edges of lower Manhattan, and phased in a little bit of profit-making development, too, to maintain the greenery. In fact, they even went so far as to say that the park would pay for itself.

    But that was 1995, and the financial plan showing that the park can indeed pay for itself hasn’t been revised since.

    Rents from developments like Chelsea Piers still cover the rent, but only for a small part of the planned park. Some 70 percent of the park remains to be built—and who will pay for that?

    “The party line is that it will be totally successful,” said Albert Butzel, the president of Friends of Hudson River Park, a booster group that has helped raise funds for the park, which is controlled by a city-state agency. “The reality is that it is going to need a lot of help.”

    Building the park will require some $450 million, and aggressive fund-raising will be required to obtain that money. But more harrowing to some park critics is the lack of a budget for day-in, day-out costs like mowing the lawns, picking up litter and patrolling the property, which may reach $17 million to $20 million once the park is finished.

    Mr. Butzel is thinking of something normally taboo: a new tax.

    The argument is simple enough: The park, created in 1998, has increased property values; beneficiaries should chip in something in return. The rub is that not only will some property owners balk at the unexpected cost, but opponents of a proposed self-financed park in Brooklyn Heights are already pining that their park be run the same way.

    “Initially, my sense is that this is not what we all bargained for when the Hudson River Park sold the park to the city. It was supposed to be self-sustaining,” said Edward Baquero, managing partner at Coalco, a real-estate investment company that owns two properties that abut the park, including a building with Diane von Furstenberg’s studio on West 12th Street.

    But he doesn’t rule out a special assessment district. “We should see what really went wrong,” Mr. Baquero said. “Was it a judgment error? If not, why was it off? I think they need to be very transparent.”

    “They,” in this case, is the Hudson River Park Trust, the quasi-public agency overseeing the park. The costs of both constructing and operating the park have climbed since first outlined in a 1995 brochure issued by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Governor George Pataki.

    The annual operating cost once completed was supposed to hit $10 million. Currently, with just 25 to 30 percent of the park up and running, the budget is about $12 million, paid for by rents, concessions and other revenues. As more parkland will come on line, the trust will gain a few more profitable ventures—like a banquet hall and marina planned for Pier 57 at 15th Street—but Noreen Doyle, executive vice president of the trust, said that no one knows whether the new revenues will offset the new expenses.

    Park Tax?

    The Friends of Hudson River Park, Mr. Butzel told The Observer, is two or three months away from releasing an analysis of 15 years of data comparing properties in the West Village—which is where the first sections of the waterfront park have been completed—with those elsewhere in Manhattan.

    The group is pursuing a two-pronged strategy, he said: The data may, in and of itself, convince enough people to contribute voluntarily, or it may persuade them to form a type of business-improvement district that would make those contributions mandatory for owners of property within its boundaries, which he said would probably extend about two blocks in from West Street.

    “We haven’t received any feedback from property owners. This isn’t even a public idea,” Mr. Butzel said. “This is still years away.”

    He said the study, undertaken with the Regional Plan Association, a nonprofit planning group, would consider a number of variables that may have contributed to value appreciation, such as proximity to a subway station, as well as the citywide real-estate boom.

    “Even between one block and three blocks from the river, you can see the difference,” Mr. Butzel told The Observer.

    The tax, which would be imposed on top of regular city property taxes, would technically be called an “assessment” and would come only after a majority of property owners decided to create the type of business-improvement district that exists on retail strips throughout the city. The district would have its own budget and its own officers, which would allow property owners to control how much to tax themselves and whether to spend it all on the park or not.

    “I think all of these are good ideas,” said Ms. Doyle, adding that the trust wasn’t involved in the tax-district study.

    But if the Hudson River Park administrators don’t see a problem in the future, the city and state do. As more and more waterfront parks are planned under the pay-your-own way mantra, the cost of operating these parks—and the desire to create massive development nearby to help fund their construction and maintenance—has become crystal clear.

    The Brooklyn Bridge Park, a 72-acre park to be built largely on former shipping piers, would include seven buildings—condominium towers, a hotel and a retail arcade, two of which already exist—covering about eight acres. The development rights and annual fees are supposed to cover the $15.2 million estimated annual budget. (State officials say the park is 85 acres, but that’s including water.)

    “I think the Hudson River Park was not so focused on the issue of self-sufficiency. No one was in charge like Charles Gargano, who wanted to make sure it was really self-sustaining,” said Mr. Butzel, who is also a board member of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, a support group for that park. “The Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation has leaned heavily in that direction so that revenues would be adequate, and the price of that is that buildings may be higher than they need be. But I think that residential development is a reasonable strategy. We are talking about one 30-story building. Why are people so upset about this?”

    Mr. Gargano, the Governor’s chief economic aide, who is also the chairman of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, didn’t respond to a request for an interview, but his associates often say that the self-sufficiency idea for the Brooklyn park stemmed from “the community” a long time ago and was codified in “13 guiding principles” in 1992.

    Those principles also state, however, that “Specialized commercial uses … shall be encouraged and residential and office uses shall be discouraged.”

    Of course, residential development is exactly the kind envisioned for the park, and for good reason: A marina just would not make much money. Brooklyn’s new park would need six Chelsea Piers in order to pay for itself.

    The other document that state officials point to is a 2002 agreement between Governor Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg. That agreement repeatedly refers to a “sustainable” park but never elaborates. (Environmentally sustainable? Financially sustainable?) At one point, the document permits but does not require commercial development to take place on the park: “the development of appropriate commercial uses may occur within the project area, provided that all revenues derived from such uses shall be used exclusively for the maintenance and operation of the project.”

    Of course, there is a liberal argument that new parks should pay for themselves whenever they can, so the public money can go to parks in poor neighborhoods that are poorly maintained. It’s the reverse of environmental racism, of putting all the transfer stations and power plants in poor neighborhoods where property values are low anyway and the residents are too disorganized to raise hell. We’re not even talking about power plants here; we are talking about luxury condos with river views.

    The state and city are already chipping in plenty of land and money to create both the Hudson River and Brooklyn Bridge parks; the self-sustaining part only pertains to the operation and maintenance budgets.

    Besides, some park lovers—or at least park administrators—argue that relying on the city and state to pay annual expenses is just a bad management practice.

    “Government has its ups and downs, and over the years, if you have a built-in ability to make sure you always have the bathrooms clean and lawns maintained, how much better would it be,” said Tupper Thomas, the administrator of Prospect Park in Brooklyn and the president of the Prospect Park Alliance, a private support group. And fund-raising, she added, doesn’t qualify as a “built-in ability”; it’s a very hard thing to do.

    The opponents of Brooklyn Bridge Park, who fear that the condominium owners will turn the park into their private domain, would welcome the chance to try out a special assessment district.

    “We proposed that last year. We called it a P.O.D., a parks oversight district, or a P.I.D., a parks improvement district,” said Judi Francis, the president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund. “We are not stupid. We know that it will improve our real-estate values. But give us the tax burden of the park without the privatization.”

    In other words, why can’t Brooklyn be more like Manhattan?

    copyright © 2005 the new york observer, L.P.

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    On LES, It's OEM Out, Hoop Dreams In

    Wednesday, March 01, 2006

    Basketball City Is About To Score OEM's Space on the Lower East Side

    BY DAVID LOMBINO - Staff Reporter of the Sun
    New York Sun
    March 1, 2006

    Pier 36, just north of the Manhattan Bridge on the Lower East Side, was home to a prison barge in the late 1980s that was used to help alleviate overcrowding in the city's jails. Further back, it was used by banana importers and was the backdrop for a waterfront racketeering scandal in the 1970s.

    Now, following up on an agreement struck in the Dinkins administration, the city is clearing out the Office of Emergency Management's facilities on the pier to make room for Basketball City, a company that now operates private basketball courts near Chelsea Piers.

    The city's development agency is negotiating over the terms of a long-term lease for the site with Basketball City, which seeks to put courts inside an existing 64,000-square-foot warehouse. OEM is seeking Department of Planning approval to move some of its emergency vehicles into an existing warehouse on Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn.

    A spokesman for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, whose district encompasses the site, said the speaker supports Basketball City moving to Pier 36 because it fulfills the community's long-term goal of reclaiming the pier for recreational purposes.

    The spokesman, Bryan Franke, said Mr. Silver successfully sued Mayor Dinkins to free the pier of the burden of housing city vehicles and heavy machinery.
    Mr. Silver brokered a memorandum of understanding with the city that the pier eventually would be used for a community recreational facility. Under the Giuliani administration, an estimated 10 years ago, a request for proposals was issued and the use of the site was awarded to Basketball City.

    Now the city's development agency is honoring that agreement and negotiating exclusively with Basketball City, although officials would not discuss the details of the talks, or say why it has taken so long to finalize the deal. Representatives of Basketball City did not return phone messages from a reporter.

    At six Chelsea courts, Basketball City hosts adult basketball leagues and corporate events, runs youth programs, rents its courts to the public, and is affiliated with a nonprofit youth development organization that uses its facilities, according to its Web site.

    Community Board 3, which covers the neighborhood that includes Pier 36, gave the green light to Basketball City about two years ago. But some area residents are saying that putting a private recreational facility into a neighborhood filled with public housing makes no sense.

    The president of the Two Bridges neighborhood council, Victor Papa, said, "Basketball City is probably a very good entity, but the people who live along South Street have a median income of about $20,000 a year."

    The long neglected East River waterfront is now getting some serious attention in the form of a city plan to reconnect the surrounding communities to the river. In addition, the Drawing Center, which had been slated to move to ground zero, recently announced it would occupy the site that was recently the home of the Fulton Fish Market. That area is sprouting with the same luxury residential development that has seized most of Lower Manhattan.

    Surely some will see Basketball City's expected arrival as advancing this promising improvement. But the director of the Rebuild Chinatown Initiative, Robert Weber, said the Basketball City plan, in addition to being inaccessible to the community, may not meld with the city's plans to improve the waterfront.

    "That project went out 10 years ago, and in the last year the city has sponsored this planning process. Why wouldn't you integrate this into the existing planning of the waterfront community?" Mr. Weber said.

    The director of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, Carter Craft, said that the city's decision to move ahead with the Basketball City plan is a definite improvement over the existing parking lot, but also is telling of a larger trend.

    "The painful reality of today is that it's so expensive to develop, protect, and maintain the waterfront that the city is seeking more private developers to do it instead of allowing or enabling the Parks Department to do it," Mr. Craft said.

    © 2006 The New York Sun, One SL, LLC

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    Default Manhattanville Piers

    Earlier this week construction began on the Harlem Piers project. The waterfront in this area had been used as a parking lot for the Fairway food market prior to the recent construction activity. This project is being built on the Hudson River bank and 133rd Street.

    The completion of this project will provide a vital link between Riverside Park and the other waterfront parks further uptown: a continuous path from the tip of northern Manhattan all-the-way to Battery Park City.

    To view schematic illustrations and read a general project
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    Funds slated for Brooklyn waterfront cleanup
    by Catherine Tymkiw

    City and state officials on Thursday announced $36 million in funding to help clean up and redevelop the Bush Terminal Piers in Brooklyn.

    The city plans to clean up the site, located on the Sunset Park waterfront between 43rd and 51st streets. The Bush Terminal site had been an active port before becoming contaminated in the 1970s because of illegal dumping of oil, demolition debris and wastewater.

    After clean up the site will be transformed into athletic fields, walkways, natural areas, an environmental education center, a boat-building area, a fishing pier, seasonal restaurant booths, a community building, and a banquet hall.

    "I am very pleased that, finally, this land will be cleaned up and be made accessible to the public," said Assemblyman Felix Ortiz in a statement. "By using these state funds to return the Bush Terminal Pier site to the people of Brooklyn, we are enhancing the quality of life for the city's residents."

    The state will provide $17.8 million, the city $9 million and the federal government $8 million for the project.

    ©2006 Crain Communications Inc.

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