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Hike Report: 43rd Great Manhattan Bridge Report

Article and photos by Jack Shi, Shorewalker hike leader

They must be just around the bend. I should catch up to them soon. At least, that's what I thought as I ran across the Manhattan Bridge.

The last time I tried running across the Manhattan Bridge was during high school when I went to New York City with two friends as part of a class project. Within a few minutes, we'd both lost sight of our fast runner friend Vincent and our resolve to keep running. We walked the remainder of the bridge, ending up in Chinatown. We had a fun day but the most memorable part of that experience was how impossibly long the bridge seemed to stretch, like a great arch into a future we couldn't see and could never reach.

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City to Build $100M East River Esplanade Between 53rd and 61st Streets

MANHATTAN — The city will spend $100 million to create a new esplanade with a bike path and greenery between East 61st and 53rd streets along the East River, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. 

 The project, which is set to begin in 2019 and wrap up in 2022, will introduce a bike lane and ample walking space along the eight waterfront blocks, the Mayor's Office said.

Once completed, the esplanade would fill one of the last remaining gaps in the 32-mile greenway wrapping around Manhattan, officials said.

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A Great Saunter Day

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer presented Shorewalker President Cy Adler with a beautiful proclamation to commemorate the GREAT SAUNTER AROUND MANHATTAN’S RIM, the 32nd circumambulation of New York Island by the Shorewalkers.  ‘Manhattan’s grim waterfront was a lot rougher 32 years ago when a handful of us first scouted it,’ said Adler.  ‘It’s much nicer now, but several reaches along the Harlem and East Rivers still need serious changes.’ Borough President  Brewer agreed with him.

The distance walked by about 1400 healthy souls was about 32 miles.  A few hundred more started, but did not go the entire route which started and ended at Fraunces Tavern.

The unusually chilly, grey weather was just fine for most walkers as were the beautiful cherry blossoms and flowers along the way. Shorewalkers have sauntered rain or shine on the First Saturday in May when temperature may range from a low of 55 degrees to as high 94 degrees.

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As New York Reclaims its Waterfront, Problems loom under the surface

              An op ed article by Ronald Lewis of the Waterfront Alliance as it appeared in Crain's NY Buisness

                                                                                                         

Conflict at the waterfront: It's an age-old state of affairs, with modern real estate wars replacing yesterday's military skirmishes and labor-management clashes. Do tall buildings belong in Brooklyn Bridge Park and at the South Street Seaport? Do we need a new performance space in Hudson River Park?

Whichever side you take on these issues, you're missing the real fight: Man versus Nature.

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Halloween Hike Across Manhattan's Bridges

by Walt Wright, hike leader

Thanks to all of you who turned out on Halloween last October to make another memorable Great Manhattan Bridge Walk.  We couldn't have had better weather or a more friendly group of walkers. Thirty-two of us participated: 30 signed in at the start and 2 joined us at the High Bridge.  Most of the early 30 group got started by 8:45 AM.  Even the late arrivals were not very late and got started a few minutes after 9 AM.

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