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Could a Pedestrian Bridge Connect Jersey to Lower Manhattan?

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All renderings via Jeff Jordan Architects

New Jersey can sometimes feel like it's a world away from New York City, but in reality, it's only a few miles from Jersey City to Manhattan—the Hudson River crossing itself is only about a mile. And one Jersey City resident wants to breach that divide in a unique way: with a pedestrian bridge. (h/t Jersey Digs) Kevin Shane, who came up with the idea, worked with Jersey-based Jeff Jordan Architects to conceptualize plans for a Hudson River crossing called the Liberty Bridge that would begin in JC, cross the Hudson River, and end in Battery Park City. His reasoning: "With the increase in commuter traffic from Jersey City and Hoboken and the unbearable, often delayed mass transit options that are getting wose over time, the bridge could provide a new access point to Manhattan for the hundreds of thousands that go into NYC each day." The renderings, which you can check out below, show a High Line-esque walkway (with various ADA-compliant access points) with benches, plants, and artwork. The bridge would also, according to the site, "provid[e] a 200+ foot view over the Hudson unlike any experience before." Of course, this is all just a proposal—Shane admits the challenges to getting it done are "monstrous"—but it's certainly interesting to consider.

· Liberty Bridge [Official]
· The Highline has Nothing on Jersey City's New Pedestrian Bridge [Jersey Digs]