Surfs Up on the East River: Pols and Planners Team Up to Create East River Blueway

It’s almost surf season in the Rockaways! But if that is too far, don’t worry—just head over to the East River Blueway.

While everyone has been focusing on the transformation of the old industrial waterfront into a new public park, less has been done with what is going on beyond it. Curbed turned up this nifty video for an in-the-works plan called the East River Blueway.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and the Office of New York State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh teamed up with a few others and brought in WXY Architecture + Urban Design to develop a community-based waterfront planning initiative.

The project will span from the Brooklyn Bridge to East 38th Street and will combine recreational facilities with surrounding neighborhoods, according to the organization:

The East River Blueway Plan will be the foundation for an interconnected network of waterfront sites. This network will integrate recreational activities and connect neighborhoods to the waterfront. Our work will include visioning; feasibility of locating on-water sites; design and costs; and implementation and campaign strategies for the East River Blueway.

The organization also launched an interactive map in which community members can markers with short blurbs about the conditions along the riverside. Some comments include: “Wow. This is nice.” “Poor lighting.” “Bicyclists get splashed off of FDR when there are puddles.”

Out with the green and in with the blue!

mewing@observer.com