Former community board member moves to bring river access to East Siders

December 11, 2009 09:28AM

Manhattan’s East Siders are getting shafted when it comes to being able to enjoy the island’s waterfront, according to William Oddo, a longtime Stuyvesant Town resident and former Community Board 6 member. Whereas West Siders have gained an array of water access points in recent years, from Hudson River Park to Riverside Park and their adjacent piers, the East Side has seen little development to match. Oddo, who is also an engineer, has been working to change that. After founding Stuyvesant Cove Park, which opened in 2002 between 18th and 23rd streets on the East River, Oddo has set his sights on a small pier 100 feet offshore, connected by gangways. He has applied for $825,000 in funding from the Environmental Protection Fund through the city. Oddo envisions a place where East Siders can escape from the city and from the noise of the highways. [Villager]

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