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  • Kevin Curran
    Piers as Parks Downtown August 6, 2003 Lower Manhattan s residents face a long period of reconstruction before the promise of a redesigned World Trade Center
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 6, 2003
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      Piers as Parks Downtown

      August 6, 2003

      Lower Manhattan's residents face a long period of
      reconstruction before the promise of a redesigned World
      Trade Center site becomes reality. In the meantime, there
      is something that can be done quickly and relatively
      inexpensively to reassure people who remain committed to
      the area, and that is to proceed expeditiously with the
      next downtown segment of the Hudson River Park.

      The park is a city-state project that will eventually
      stretch from the Battery to 59th Street, giving New Yorkers
      long-denied access to the waterfront. Recently completed
      sections near Greenwich Village offer an inviting mix of
      open space and gardens. Much the same can now be
      accomplished farther south in TriBeCa, where the plan calls
      for converting two ramshackle piers into splendid little
      parks that extend 1,000 feet into the river. Standing on
      the already rebuilt Greenwich Village piers is a bracing
      experience, much like being on the bow of a boat. The
      TriBeCa additions would provide yet more space for a
      growing crowd of pier lovers who come for sports or
      picnics, a place to read or simply sit and breathe.

      The cost of redoing these piers would be about $70 million,
      a modest fraction of the $1.2 billion provided earlier by
      Washington to help revive the city. There are, of course,
      other claimants to that money, which the Lower Manhattan
      Development Corporation must figure out how to spend fairly
      and wisely. The city wants a chunk for the East River
      waterfront. There are cultural and transportation needs as
      well. There's a new wish list every week.

      The decision may fall to Gov. George Pataki, who has
      considerable control over the corporation. That is a good
      sign for the future of the park; Mr. Pataki helped get it
      off the ground in the first place. It can now use another
      $70 million worth of his help in a neighborhood that richly
      deserves it.

      Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company
    • david.plume@wcb.state.ny.us
      That Pataki. He so Green. Pier Parks sound great ! What better combo of creeking and parking.
      Message 2 of 2 , Aug 6, 2003
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        That Pataki. He so Green.

        Pier Parks sound great ! What better combo of creeking and parking.
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