NYC Wants to Transform Waterfront

New ferries, giant ships and kayaks envisioned in cleaner harbor

Monday, Mar 14, 2011  |  Updated 11:45 AM EDT
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NYC Wants to Transform Waterfront

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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: One of the Staten Island Ferries makes its way across New York harbor October 16, 2003 in New York City. Investigators are looking the ferry crash into a concrete pier just before rush hour October 15, that killed at least 10 people and injured 42 others. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

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New York City is announcing a waterfront plan that calls for 50 new acres of parks and an expanded maritime industry that would make room for giant ships that are rarely seen on the East Coast.

It’s the city's first waterfront plan in two decades.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is scheduled to announce it on Monday.

The plan envisions a metropolis where residents relax by fishing or biking in parks, kayak in the Hudson River and commute by ferry.

It also would overhaul the city's sewage system so it would push human waste into the river less frequently when it rains.
    
The first stages of the effort are expected to cost the city more than $3 billion over the next three years, with most of the money going to waste water infrastructure.

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