Solution for Marine Transfer Station: Instead of building an MTS, turn the site into a recreational pier that would serve as a destination for the Bobby Wagner Walk.Submitted by jonathan piel on Thu, 10/03/2013 - 12:12pm
One of Mayor Bloonmberg's most promising initiatives has been the effort to give the City's river shorelines back to the people as an "emerald necklace". What better jewel for such a necklace that a pier at 91st Street and the East River that provides access to the river from the Bobby Wagner Walk and the ramp that currently bisects the Asphalt Green complex.
This pier could and should be a major destination for the citizens of Manhattan and the other boroughs. Joggers use the Bobby Wagner Walk and its southern extension, fishermen cast their lines from the Walk and there is at least one rowing club that launches six-oared boats from the Walk just east of where 96th Street feeds on the northbound FDR. There is also a kayak club that launches from Astoria, across the river. All of these activities, plus picknicking, sitting in the sun, and contemplating the majesty of Hellgate would make such a pier an instant success--and a beautiful extension of the Carl Schurz Park/Gracie Mansion complex. It would be a wonderful draw for the citizens of the City, as well as the people--rich and poor--of the Yorkville neighborhood.
This would a great opportunity to shop around the City Council as it reconsiders the SWMP.