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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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