The NYC Economic Development Corporation and the Parks Department has issued a call for innovative ideas to re-invigorate the public beachfronts and open spaces on the East and South Shores of Staten Island.
The request for expressions of interest (RFEI) aim to revitalize these areas and to stimulate economic recovery for shore communities hit hard by superstorm Sandy last year.
The New York Daily News: Superstorm Sandy devastated the Staten Island shore, and now the city wants to put the beaches to work helping communities still recovering from the disaster.
From the foot of the Verrazano Bridge to Staten Island’s southern tip, the Bloomberg administration has identified eight beaches primed for investment that could draw crowds and business for hard-hit neighborhoods.
“You can’t even buy sunscreen or a pail on our beaches here,” said Adena Long, the Parks Department’s Staten Island Borough Commissioner. “These services will make our beaches more attractive while also bringing business to the surrounding communities.”
The Parks Dept. and the city’s Economic Development Corp. have set no specific guidelines for what they want built at the eight beaches, which include South Beach, Midland Beach, New Dorp Beach and Cedar Grove on the East Shore and Wolfe’s Pond Park and Conference House Park in the south.
“We want to cast a wide net and see what people are interested in here,” Long said. Proposals must be submitted by Jan. 21, and Long hopes at least some will be implemented by Memorial Day, when the beaches reopen.
Possibilities include food carts and full-fledged restaurants, concerts and amusement rides, as well as a kiddie park proposed for Midland Beach.
The city has also partnered with the National Parks Service to try turn empty airplane hangers at Miller Field into some kind of recreational facility.
by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee