Lower Manhattan may be getting a beach of its own soon. The New York Daily News reports that New York City is planning on creating an 11,000 square foot beach along the East River in lower Manhattan. The land, which is currently fenced off and not accessible by foot, would be turned into a beach with sand, waterfront views, terrace seating, tree-lined walkways, kayak launching points, fishing spots, and concession stands.
According to the Daily News report, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer have set aside $7 million for the project. The city would also create salt marshes to help protect the shore line from future storms.
Brooklyn Bridge Beach would be created just below Brooklyn Bridge, within sight of Pier 17. You can see a photo of what the land looks like now here. A kayak launch will also be located at Stuyvesant Cove, between E. 18th and 23rd streets.
The only downside of the project is beachgoers will be unable to get wet. Brooklyn Bridge Beach visitors will not be able to swim in the East River. However, the Daily News reports that officials are hoping to one day create wading pools with clean water for beach goers.
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