The mayor is unveiling a plan today that may help repair and reopen the Manhattan Beach esplanade, spur dredging of Sheepshead Bay, and make repairs to the Gerritsen Beach seawalls – among scores of other waterfront development proposals. 

This plan, called Vision 2020, will open or develop huge swaths of New York City’s beachfronts, riverwalks and marinas and will produce an end result that Bloomberg describes as “one of the most sweeping transformations of any urban waterfront in the world.”

According to the Daily News, the plan calls for spending $700 million over the next three years to buy waterfront land, upgrade beaches, protect wetlands, improve water quality and add more parks in all five boroughs.

The development will likely employ hundreds – if not thousands – which is a good thing, since there will be plenty of unemployed teachers to fill those jobs.

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  • Anonymous

    I thought the city was broke. Where’s the money coming from to buy beach front property?

  • nolastname

    Will “I” be allowed to walk on an esplanade from Manhattan Beach to Brighton without trespassing?

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      Oh yes, Bloomberg loves eminent domain.

  • Whwsailboat

    The way I read the report 99% of it is nothing new. They will “study” Brigham St. Park, Plumb Beach and even “study” dredging the Sheepshead Bay Channel. They will also “study” ferry service to Coney Island. It also confirms plans to turn over to developers Four Sparrow Marsh. Anyone know what is “new” in this other than a big PR push?

    • Anonymous

      These “studies” are very lucrative for the consultant cronies of Bloomberg and all his friends. Look at the CityTime corruption scandal as an example. Budget cuts can only be directed at lower echelon employees and at programs that benefit those with lower incomes. Those kind of cost cutting measures are easy to accomplish. Cuts should be made to the salaries and perks of upper management and top officials before teachers, police, firefighters and aid to the elderly get the ax.

  • nolastname

    Saving the shoreline is good, it’s what goes along with inland that worries me.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      But it seems like they aren’t interested in doing what really needs to be done for the shoreline. And how is that the $700 million dollars is available for these projects when services are being cut?

      And since the “Four Sparrows” is on the waterfront, is this perhaps indicative of what they really have in mind?

      • nolastname

        It’s like how I fool my dog. I hold up a treat to distract her.

        • nolastname

          I can grab the land from right under her paws that way.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to put Christine Quinn on a Kayak…bound for China. Is this all the waterfront is for? Well heeled hipsters and yuppies and their water sports? I do enjoy the increase walkways and small parklands that have been developed on the Waterfronts of Manhattan and some parts of Brooklyn. I’d also like to see part of this plan address the long standing disaster of Plumb Beach.

  • Theurbanographer

    lots of pessimism here. i support opening up the esplanade. our waterfronts should be shared and made accessible to all. my cousins and i loved walking along the esplanade as kids. it made no sense when they closed it.