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Manhattan Is Getting A Public Beach

A 2.2-hectare public park in Manhattan’s Hudson River Park is set to open in 2022.

Manhattan will soon welcome a new addition to its concrete grid. The Hudson River Park Trust recently announced plans to give the New York City borough its very own beach.

The project will see a disused strip of the Gansevoort Peninsula near the southern end of the High Line transformed into a 2.2-hectare public park, complete with a beach. Though wading in its waters isn’t recommended, the shoreline will be open for visitors to sunbathe and picnic. The park will be the largest green space in the 6.4km Hudson River Park.

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Image: Manhattan / Brandon Jacoby via Unsplash

The building of the park is a $990USD million project, set to open in 2022. The Trust hired James Corner Field Operations, the firm behind the High Line and Williamsburg’s Domino Park, to spearhead it.

So, what can visitors expect? Aside from the grassy park and rocky Manhattan beach, a public art installation created by David Hammonds and commissioned by the nearby Whitney Museum will also feature on the line-up.

According to the museum’s site, the art project, titled ‘Day’s End’, will be an “extraordinary place to experience the waterfront and view the sunset”. The piece will also nod to the history of New York’s waterfront from its shipping industry heyday to the time its reclaimed piers were popular meeting spots for the city’s queer community.

(Lead image: Manhattan cityscape. Image: Mike Chavarri via Unsplash)

Published 11 February, 2019