The East River Esplanade, which is the narrow strip of land between the FDR Drive and East River, between 60th to 125th Streets, currently requires regular patchwork repairs and faces decaying sections. To inspire city residents to use their imaginations and think outside the box about the potential of the East River Esplanade, the local non-profit organization CIVITAS held a design-ideas competition. CIVITAS is dedicated to improving the quality of life for East Harlem and Upper East Side residents and invited architects, city planners and landscape architects worldwide to participate in the competition.
We now have the chance to view the winning submissions from Reimagining the Waterfront at the Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue) until October 28, 2012. While you’re there, you can see the design of the first place winner, Joseph Wood, a Syracuse University architecture student, which features inland canals that would run under part of an extended Esplanade. Although the designs that are on exhibit did not have any limitations constricted upon them, the originality and creatively displayed are infectious.