The $165 million plan to greenify, pedestrianize and generally make the East River waterfront a pleasant place to chill has seen several setbacks, but actual new venues (from a restaurant to a maritime education center) are set to open this spring and summer, according to DNAinfo. Check out the gallery above for appetite-whetting new renderings from the Economic Development Corporation and ShoP Architects.
Without further ado, here are the openings to expect along the East River Waterfront Esplanade in the coming months:
April: A riverfront pathway connecting the Battery Maritime Building and Wall Street
Memorial Day: A riverfront pathway connecting Fulton Street to Pier 15; a glass-enclosed pavilion at Pier 15 that includes a cafe
July: Pier 15's maritime education center
"Summer": The Maiden Lane pavilion (cross street = South Street), which will house a restaurant
In 2011, Pier 15 officially opened, as well as a stretch of waterfront between Maiden Lane and Wall Street. 2014 (cross your fingers) will bring the completion of a continuous two-mile stretch of riverside awesomeness that includes eateries, benches, renovated piers, bike access, and the like. We're not sure if the new developments are going to give the East River a fighting chance when the eventual East-West war breaks out, but they're definitely steps in the right direction.
· New Waterfront Cafes and East River Esplanade Slated to Open by Summer [DNAinfo]
· More East River Waterfront Esplanade coverage [Curbed NY]