After years of community outreach, planning, design, and construction, the first section of East River Waterfront Esplanade opened in July, 2011.
Located in Community District 1, this brand new section of waterfront esplanade spans from Maiden Lane for two blocks to Wall Street, and provides a place for the tens of thousands of residents, office workers, and visitors to Lower Manhattan to enjoy the waterfront.
This first section of esplanade is part of a larger $165 million project that is revitalizing a once neglected two-mile stretch of City-owned land along the water’s edge from the tip of Lower Manhattan to East River Park north of the Manhattan Bridge. The vibrant esplanade will transform the Lower Manhattan and Lower East Side waterfronts into a pedestrian-friendly new public open space destination with sweeping views across the East River and New York Harbor. Upon completion of the larger project in 2013, the two-mile esplanade will provide a contiguous pedestrian walkway and a bicycle pathway along the East River from Battery Park to East River Park.