NYC Plans Development of East River Waterfront

The plan would provide access to sand and would create a new kayak and canoe launch near the Brooklyn Bridge

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    The plan would provide access to sand and would create a new kayak and canoe launch near the Brooklyn Bridge. Roseanne Colletti reports. (Published Thursday, Aug 1, 2013)

    New York City plans to spend $7 million to transform a trash-strewn beach beneath the Brooklyn Bridge into a recreational destination.
     
    The plan announced Thursday would provide access to sand and create a new kayak and canoe launch along the East River near the bridge.

    City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said the beach will be a "staycation'' spot for locals as well as a tourist attraction.
     
    The project will feature tree-lined walkways, concession stands, terraced seating and a spot for fishing.
     
    It will include the creation of salt marshes to protect the area from erosion.

    It's expected to take three years to complete.
     
    The so-called Brooklyn Bridge Beach is part of a larger plan to open up Manhattan's East Side waterfront.

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