New Section of East River Waterfront Opens, Sort Of
If you’ve been down to East River Park in the past several days you may have noticed that the final stretch of the promenade has finally opened. A chain link fence is still blocking the path on the north side, over by the Fire Boat House, and there’s a similar fence partially blocking the path on the south side, near Montgomery Street. But it’s possible to access the newly refurbished promenade from behind the amphitheater.
The $80 million project has encountered countless delays during the past decade since the city was forced to close the waterfront for structural repairs. The focus is now shifting to Pier 42 (just south of the promenade), which is destined to become a recreational space. Sometime in the next few months, the Parks Department and Community Board 3 will begin discussing plans to dismantle an old shed on the pier.
Recently the New York Junior League helped refurbish sections of the promenade, painting play equipment and planting flowers.Click through to see more photos.