Photo by myself of Manhattan, from the Brooklyn Promenade.
All along the water's edge, public parks are under construction. In the last several years under Mayor Bloomberg's rule, the waterfronts of Manhattan and Brooklyn have undergone intense revitalization.
I really cannot wait until the parks are complete along the Brooklyn waterfront.
Apparently the parks will wind around continuously for 14 miles, spanning from Greenpoint to Sunset Park. As a Brooklynite, I can tell you that that is huge. By car, those neighborhoods are worlds apart. You have to travel over the Brooklyn Queens Expressway to get from one to the other, and/or suffer many bumpy, crappy roads.
Since much of the waterfront had been industrial, there is a lot to clean up. Shipyards still exist in Red Hook, where you can see cranes loading huge container vessels.
Already the parks near Williamsburg and Columbia Street in Carroll Gardens are far along. The area above, near Brooklyn Heights, has a long way to go.
Related posts: Life on the Water, in Riverside Park, Looking out at Manhattan and The View from Williamsburg.