The Water Taxi Beach concept has been exported to the South Street Seaport and Governors Island, but the seasonal urban faux-beach on the Long Island City waterfront is the original and our favorite. Or rather, was our favorite. NewYorkology reports that the LIC Water Taxi Beach (born summer 2005) is in jeopardy because of a "city construction project." That would be Hunters Point South, the massive middle-income community and waterfront park project officially unveiled last month. The first phase of Hunters Point South includes two residential towers and five acres of green space, and based on the EDC's library of renderings, it looks like the sand of WTB is being swapped out for grass, and ice-cold beers are being replaced by babies.
The Water Taxi Beach site is at the end of Borden Avenue, which, according to designs from 2009 for the Hunters Point South park, lines up with a lounge chair plaza, a café and "The Green." Here's the full layout of the site. Click on it to make it bigger.
What's The Green? The EDC offers an early glimpse of that, too. We think it may also double as a UFO landing pad. Now that's planning for the future!
But all is not lost. Water Taxi Beach exec Michael Fox told NewYorkology that negotiations are still underway to either keep the space or move to a different one nearby. Just dump the sand on Willets Point and let's get this party started!
· Only two Water Taxi Beaches set to open for summer [NewYorkology]
· Water Taxi Beach - Long Island City [Official Site]
· Hunters Point South coverage [Curbed]