Hudson River Greenway plan riles some Riverdale residents

Bicyclists and pedestrians would be redirected to the streets
March 10, 2014 10:55AM

Residents of high-end Bronx neighborhood Riverdale are protesting the Hudson River Greenway proposal that would bar access to pedestrians and bicyclists.

The New York Metropolitan Transit Council has advised a $75 million project in order to shutter a 3-mile gap along the Bronx and Yonkers waterfronts. Plans call for an interim path through the streets of Riverdale, denying those residents of much proximity. Bronx brokers expect that the heightened bicycle traffic in the Riverdale streets will reduce home values.

“What has been presented will change the visual character and bucolic nature of our neighborhood,” Riverdale-Spuyten Duyvil Coalition chair Frank Anelante told Crain’s. “The reconstruction required would necessitate the taking of property from homeowners, obliterating front lawns and driveways.”

Riverdale is getting two new developments, including a 162,000-square-foot complex that will house a BJ’s Wholesale Club, as previously reported. [Crain’s]Mark Maurer