Kavanagh and Stringer Seek Funds and Community Input for East River Access

September 16, 2009
In an effort to secure funds and community input for improving public access to the East River waterfront, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer submitted an application for a grant through the Department of State’s Environmental Protection Fund’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program on September 16, 2009. The proposed project would encompass community visioning, feasibility studies, and facility implementation to initiate, grow, and develop a veritable “blueway” along the Manhattan side of the East River from East 38th Street to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Many other waterways around the City and State, including those in Lower Manhattan, have received attention recently regarding greater access to the shoreline, as the importance of touching the water – especially for those who live on an island – has been recognized. Kavanagh and Stringer, in conjunction with other elected officials, Community Board 6, Friends of the Pier at Stuyvesant Cove, and the Lower East Side Ecology Center, are proud to undertake this venture, and look forward to receiving (hopefully good) news on the grant application’s result sometime this Spring.