BPCA Asks for Ideas about Upgrades to the Promenade
More than 28,000 square feet of public space on the stone promenade between Battery Place and Third Place may be upgraded to accommodate recreational uses.
The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) is seeking ideas from residents about how to bring recreational uses to the granite promenade that parallels the West Street and the Hudson River Greenway, between Battery Place and Third Place. This initiative is envisioned as a tradeoff to countervail the deficit of open space that will be created for several years, when nearby Wagner Park is closed for reconstruction of resiliency measures. That project is slated to begin soon.
The BPCA envisions installing furniture, fixtures, and equipment for uses ranging from outdoor fitness and active recreation to lounging and social seating, as permitted under the NYC Plaza program operated by the City’s Department of Transportation (DOT).
In some ways, the NYC Plaza program is a counterintuitive choice for a template to guide enhancements on the promenade, since that initiative is tailored specifically to closing underused streets, while the 28,000-square-foot space being considered by the BPCA is already off-limits to vehicles. The DOT program also makes no provision for converting paved, stone surfaces to grass or installing playground equipment—two uses that local residents may be inclined to prioritize.
The space will be repurposed to offset the deficit of open space created by the closure of nearby Wagner Park, where years of construction on resiliency measures are slated to begin soon.
Similar enhancements were proposed by residents and community leaders 15 years ago, when the promenade was being designed and constructed. They were overruled by the DOT and the BPCA, both of whom said that such features would require the approval of the City’s Public Design Commission, which pronounced itself intent upon a bare, stone walkway. This led many local critics of the plan to nickname the promenade Patakistan, after then-Governor George Pataki, who saw as part of his legacy the creation of a pedestrian boulevard connecting the World Trade Center to Battery Park, under the theory that visitors to the first site would need a convenient way to get to the Statue of Liberty ferry dock at the second site. (This vision ignored likely preference of visitors for two nearby alternate routes: the scenic Battery Park City Esplanade and the stretch of Lower Broadway that is dotted with tourist attractions.)
“Over the past 30 years and in consultation with a broad base of local stakeholders, the BPCA has developed some of the best 36 acres of public space in New York City,” said Authority president B.J. Jones. “We’re excited to continue that legacy when activating this new location, again in close partnership with our local community. We invite you to share your vision for how you’d like to use this space by completing the online survey and attending Community Board meetings in the months ahead.”
CB1 chair Tammy Meltzer added, “the Community Board welcomes this opportunity for the public to help create more active and passive play spaces. With the many changes ahead, we urge the BPCA to be flexible and scale up to meet the needs of the community during and after construction. We look forward to a dynamic and robust discussion.”
Take the BPCA’s online survey about enhancements to the promenade here.
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To the editor,
Something sure is “off,” Ms. Korenberg, with the mosquito dusting. For one thing, there have been NO MOSQUITOES this season! But there have been noticeably fewer birds. While many of us are concerned about toxic sprays near our pets, we should remember that animals of nature can be severely impacted by human desire to obliterate insects.
To the editor,
It’s a good thing NYC is not spraying mosquito poison in BPC! Pesticides are not used here in any of the planted areas. The BPC Parks group uses natural enemies to combat bad bugs—e.g. ladybugs eat destructive aphids.
What would be useful in our neighborhood would be sweeping away any pooling of water where mosquitos lay their eggs. These eggs can hatch in 48 hours. If every building management put a push broom near the entrance and alerted the staff what it was for, many new mosquitoes would never emerge!
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Shred-a-Thon Textile and Paper Recycling
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Recycling of paper (limit of 10 boxes or garbage bags per person) and textiles (clothing, shoes, sneakers, accessories, and household items such as sheets and towels). Rain or shine. Free.
Discover a world of bees, compost, and organic gardening. Join the Bee Conservancy, Earth Matter NY, and GrowNYC for a tour of the Urban Farm on Governors Island, and learn about each organization’s work. Free.
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Interactive percussion dance workshop using rhythmic steps, clapping, and an occasional shout out to explore sounds and create new dances or re-invent old ones. No previous experience required. No tap shoes required. Free.
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Meditate on the River
Lilac steamship, Pier 25
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