Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Color Purple Comes To FRD Drive: Repainting Extends Northward

The FDR overpass down at the South Street Seaport is being painted a very lovely violet, (UPDATE: yes, lavender) or an "almost purple" as the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center calls it. The fresh coat of paint is just part of the New York City Economic Development Corp. East River Esplanade Project, which will refurbish the entire stretch of of overpass downtown.

As well, the project aims to greatly improve public space along the East River, which is currently underutilized and neglected. The plans will create new landscaped parks, proper bike paths and walkways, recreational pavilions and more, possibly comparable to the luxurious public space more affluent residents experience on the west side of Manhattan at the Hudson River.

Crews are currently sand blasting and painting the overpass between Old Slip and Pier 35 and hope to finish by June 2010.

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