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East River Waterfront Will Likely Open in May, City Says

By Julie Shapiro | March 29, 2011 11:23am

By Julie Shapiro

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

FINANCIAL DISTRICT — The first section of the East River Waterfront will likely open in May, the city Economic Development Corp. said this week.

The much-anticipated waterfront park was originally supposed to open last December, but it has been delayed while the city adds the finishing touches.

The two-block esplanade between Maiden Lane and Wall Street is the first piece of the much larger new $150 million East River Waterfront, which will run from the Battery Maritime Building to the Lower East Side and will open in stages over the next several years.

The highlight of this section is a 4,300-square-foot oval dog run, which is already fenced in and features a tall tree sculpture and an oversized doghouse and dog bone. The section also includes a series of stone steps leading down to the water, offering sweeping views of the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Other features of the esplanade that are already in place include benches, tables and planters filled with trees and shrubbery.