Thursday, October 7, 2010

VISION 2020 NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan

City Planning has produced draft recommendations for the current round of planning for the future of our waterfront. There will be a presentation on Tuesday, October 12 at 6:00p at NYU Kimmel Center 60 Washington Square South, 10th Floor.

The draft recommendations can be viewed at the Vision 2020 website and can be downloaded from here.

Of special interest to the Columbia Waterfront community is the section on "Reach 14S" which includes recommendations on Piers 7 -12. It is gratifying to see the recommendations include references to improving environmental conditions by supporting cold ironing, but there are some real throw-aways here like 'minimizing conflict between trucks and pedestrians' and the 'waterfront interpretive center'.

Given the generally somnolent nature of piers 7 - 12 and the relative 'thinness' of the industrial buffer between the waterfront and the very lively adjacent communities, it is desirable to press for a far more accessible waterfront. Such access could include better links to Governor's Island and Manhattan via ferry and water taxi, spaces for small businesses, and use of the large areas for events.

You can make your opinion known to City Planning on line here.

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