Upper East Side residents can cross safely over the FDR Drive again, after the Department of Transportation opened the newly enhanced East 78th Street pedestrian bridge today.
The old bridge, which was built in the 1940s, was demolished last July due to the Department of Transport listing it’s condition as “poor” in its biennial inspection.
It appears they have opened the open space floodgates on the East Side of Manhattan.
Ever since the city reached a land deal with the United Nations to help build a new East River park, a parade of new developments have taken place in Manhattan’s rarefied reaches. There are new plans for the U.N. and the esplanade beside it, and the Related Companies has finally revealed new plans for Rupert Playground, where it wants to build condos and a medical facility.
Reversing the karma of the public-to-private transfer at the playground, the city yesterday reached a settlement with Sutton Place South, the East 50s co-op that for over a century has controlled a private park overlooking the river. When the FDR was built, the co-op was given control of a new park built on piers over it, but that deal lapsed in 1990, though it was not brought to light until a few years ago. As with so many things in the world, litigation ensued.
The Parks Department is considering setting aside part of John Jay Park for senior citizens, according to an article in Our Town.
The park is, rather unsurprisingly, on the Upper East Side, a neighborhood rife with senior citizens:
The southeast corner of the park, which is between East 76th and 78th streets by the Read More