Eyes on the Street: Reconstructing the East River Greenway

Looking north from Houston Street. Photo: Stephen Miller

Last week, we reported about the Blueway Plan for the East River waterfront, which includes a deck over the FDR Drive at 14th Street to fix a notorious pinch point in the East Side greenway. In the meantime, the greenway is receiving some nuts-and-bolts upgrades.

The bikeway in East River Park, long prone to ponding, is being reconstructed and repaved from East 7th Street to Corlears Hook Park, south of Grand Street. The project should be completed by the end of March and is being paid for by Con Edison, which had previously installed an electrical line beneath the path, according to the Parks Department.

Construction in East River Park at Houston Street has closed access to the bikeway but promises a puddle-free ride when finished in March. Photos: Stephen Miller
  • Oh, well that explains it. We’d be waiting forever if the Parks Dept had anything to do with it. 

  • Ben Kintisch

    Looks beautiful. Little by little, the East River is being made into a much-improved biking destination. Here’s hoping that gorgeous decking plan by the Con Ed plant gets built and soon. 

  • Andrew

    Any updates on when this repaving will be done? As of yesterday, the path is still closed.

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