HARLEM ESPLANADE TO GET $8.7M FACELIFT
An $8.7 million refurbishment of the Harlem River Parkway Greenway and Esplanade is under way and, by next fall, the waterside park will stretch from 135th to 142nd streets, Mayor Bloomberg announced yesterday. “It will open up more of our waterfront and provide Harlem residents with a network of renovated parks and open spaces,” the mayor said at Gracie Mansion.
The project will also “get us closer to our ultimate goal of having every New Yorker live within a 10-minute walk of a park,” he said.
Currently, the park extends to 139th Street. But once all phases of the 20-acre project are completed, it will be a pedestrian and joggers’ paradise from 125th to 145th streets.
The mayor announced on the Gracie Mansion lawn that the federal government has added $2 million, and state officials another $1.7 million, to the city’s $5 million for the project.
Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said that the project on the shores of the Harlem River is “going to make you feel like you’re in the Hamptons . . . It’s a really spectacular design.”
Amenities include tidal pools for kids to explore.
By FRANKIE EDOZIEN