City Seeks Designers For East Harlem Greenway

Crains New York reports that the city has begun the process to complete the last segments of the greenway, a waterfront park that rings much of Manhattan.

The city committed $83 million to building this section of the greenway as part of a rezoning of the neighborhood late last year.

The Economic Development Corp., today released a request for proposals for engineering and architectural plans for a section of the park in East Harlem from East 125th Street to East 132nd Street along the Harlem River. The city committed $83 million to building this section of the greenway as part of a rezoning of the neighborhood late last year.

The solicitation also includes design work for bulkhead improvements along the shoreline stretching north to Dyckman Street in Inwood. The city has committed an additional $18 million for portions of that work.

This segment of the project encompasses a 7-acre park, including lawn space, bike and pedestrian paths, a dog run, a youth athletic area for activities such as skateboarding, climbing and parkour, and open space for art installations and music performances.

“This investment in the East Harlem greenway gap means a brand-new waterfront park for neighborhood kids and residents and gets us closer to a decades-long goal of completing the amazing Manhattan greenway,”

“This investment in the East Harlem greenway gap means a brand-new waterfront park for neighborhood kids and residents and gets us closer to a decades-long goal of completing the amazing Manhattan greenway,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement last year.

City planners have imagined one day creating a contiguous greenway that encircles the entire borough.

Next the city is planning to spend an additional $100 million building on another unfinished segment of the greenway in Midtown East from East 38th Street to East 60th Street.

Construction on the East Harlem section is anticipated to begin in 2020 and be completed by 2023.

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Photo: New York City Economic Development Corporation.

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