East River Waterfront
Location: The East River Waterfront between East 38th and East 60th Streets
Scheduled completion date: 2018
The United Nations is trying to construct a new building near their current headquarters called the United Nations Consolidation Building. The UN will have to pay $73 million dollars to the city to compensate for building on top of the Robert Moses Playground that is currently on the site. The city would use this newly acquired money to balance out the loss of green space by developing the gap in the promenade between 38th and 59th Streets on the East Side of Manhattan and to turn Asser Levy Place into a new playground. As it is right now, the waterfront is only accessible to those in the UN building.
The West Side of Manhattan has a beautiful riverfront, and proponents of this plan want the East Side to match up to its geographical counterpart. If the plan goes through, the character and feel of the East River will be forever changed. Other parts of New York will also be altered, such as the skyline and Asser Levy Place.