New York’s summer may now be in its death throes – but lovers of sun and heat can still rejoice, since Manhattan too has now its (first) public beach.
The newly-inaugurated Gansevoort Peninsula, located in Hudson River Park features not only a beach, but also a sports field, a beach landing for non-motorized boats such as kayaks, and about 20 million oysters.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said Gansevoort is the largest park built in New York City since Central Park.
“This day, this place, reminds me why New Yorkers are so exceptional,” Hochul said. “To take a place that had been abandoned and overlooked and forgotten and turn it into a gathering place for people from around the world.“ “These are the places that remind us what New York is all about, who we are as a people, especially when times when those values are tested like right now,” Hochul said.
Originally a New York City Department of Sanitation facility, the park is located near the Hudson River Greenway and across from the Whitney Museum on Gansevoort Street. From here it is also possible to view One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty.
Swimming, however, is not currently allowed.