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Breaking: Manhattan’s First Beach is Coming to the Hudson River

The Gansevoort Peninsula is about to welcome New York City's first public beach. We've got the scoop.

We love New York, and we love the beach. But it hasn’t been exactly convenient to combine the two—unless you’re willing to brave the hour-long ferry (or multiple subway transfers) needed to reach the Rockaways and Coney Island.

Your beach-bound commute is about to get a LOT shorter, thanks to what’s about to go down at Hudson River Park, near Little West 12th Street. James Corner Field Operations—the same developers behind the High Line—are preparing to rework the 5.5-acre public park to include a full-size sports field, walking paths, picnic tables, waterfront access (no swimming, though—this is the Hudson), and an in-water art installation by New York artist David Hammons in partnership with the nearby Whitney Museum of American Art.

Hudson River Park Beach Rendering

Image by James Corner Field Operations, courtesy of the Hudson River Park Trust

“The driving inspiration behind this concept is the idea of creating habitat that links back to the estuary and to connect people to the river and local wildlife,” said Madelyn Wils, President and CEO of the Hudson River Park Trust.

The design is underway, with a tentative completion date of 2022. For now, we’ll drool over these renderings—and dreamy future water views.

Hudson River Park Beach Rendering

Images by James Corner Field Operations, courtesy of the Hudson River Park Trust

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