Tryst and Shout
Chief among Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s signature accomplishments is the rezoning since 2001 of 40 percent of the city.
And while that staggering figure touched upon almost every pocket of New York, it was perhaps most pronounced in waterfront neighborhoods that flipped from industrial to commercial zoning. That paved the way for high-rise mixed-use towers in previously squat outer-borough districts of Williamsburg and Long Island City.
After most of the city’s Labor Day cookouts called it a night, one Manhattan couple kept the holiday spirit going with an illicit after-party for two.
Breaking 911 sounded the alarm at 7:52PM Monday evening that a police supervisor was needed at 26 East River Piers, where a couple was caught with their Read More
The notion of Manhattan residents frolicking in the East River would have been dismissed as either a cruel joke or a quixotic fantasy as recently as two decades ago. But now that notion is becoming a reality.
The City Council and the Manhattan borough president’s office recently appropriated about $7 million to fund the redevelopment of a beachfront project near the Manhattan tower of the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s part of a larger plan to reopen the East River waterfront from downtown to Midtown so that residents can reconnect with one of the city’s great natural resources.
Once upon a time, the East River and Hudson River waterfronts were reserved for industrial and commercial use. Construction of highways along the East and West Sides further separated Manhattan residents from the rivers that gave the city its commanding place in the global economy.
You know, we’re starting to think it’s not a coincidence that all these dolphins have started showing up in New York’s bodies of (filthy) water. After all, in the past decade there’s been an uptick in marine life just kind of moseying into our rivers and canals, mostly with tragic results.
But this weekend’s sighting of not one but two bottlenose dolphins in the East River–both apparently in fine health, from what experts can see–shows that maybe the creatures can survive in these unsanitary conditions … at least for a little while. Which is pretty perfect metaphor for college students’ NYC migration habits, when you think about it.
We were excited/saddened to learn about the dolphin frolicking down the East River yesterday. Saddened, because the life-span of dolphins hanging out in New York’s rivers and canals of late has been super short, but excited, because this dolphin, unlike the one in the Hudson in 2011 or the one in the Gowanus Canal in January, appeared to be relatively healthy. The Times is on it:”Just a dolphin swimming through,” a (police) spokesman said. “It is not in distress and we did not aid it.” He added, “Why would we pursue a dolphin?”
Right you are sir! Tally-ho! Let the bottlenose go!
The Observer decided to take a morning stroll through the streets of Dumbo, the area of Brooklyn between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges that borders the East River. By the time we returned to our apartment we were just grateful we didn’t die from falling debris. The wind propelled us forward, at times so strongly that we wondered if we should maybe just turn back. At the end of Bridge Street, where it dead ends at the river, water was beginning to crest over the barrier, rising higher than we’ve ever seen it.
For those of us living in the outer boroughs, navigating Manhattan during the holidays can serve as a great reminder as to why we migrated off the island in the first place. New Years Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving…the term “amateur hour” was practically invented to describe the hoards of revelers who descend upon NYC like a plague of locusts to “celebrate” these annual events by getting as drunk as humanly possible and clogging up the sidewalks and public transit systems.
Now, most of the time, this does not pose too much of a problem for Brooklynites and Queens residents, who would just as soon stay in their district anyway, throwing Skrillex-themed rooftop parties.
But the 4th of July poses an issue for non-Gotham-dwellers: since 2009, the incredible light show thrown by Macy’s has been held on the Hudson River, making it almost impossible to view from the top of a Brooklyn Heights townhouse.
THINGS YOU SHOULDN'T DO IN THE EAST RIVER
Some of us aren’t Scrooge McDuck-wealthy. Some of us don’t have the time/wherewithal/patience to deal with the crowds on the West Side Highway who gather to view the Macy’s July 4th Fireworks every year.
on the waterfront
New York City summers are, at best, hellish. Especially for those of us who can’t seem to escape it. And living so close to the coast, an entitlement to enjoying nearby bodies of water as more than just scenery seems so obvious. But is playing in the East River really such a great idea?
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.