New York, NY – After years of decay and its closure to the public, Pier 107 and the East River Esplanade in East Harlem is pledged to receive its full funding following Mayor de Blasio’s announcement in his final State of the City address. The funding, in addition to the $9.25 million raised by Assemblymember Rodriguez through state budget and State and Municipal (SAM) funding allocations, meets the Parks Department’s estimated $38 million price tag for restoration. Mayor de Blasio has further announced $187 million for the Esplanade along 94th to 107th Streets, and $69 million along 118th and 124th Streets.
“The restoration of the East River Esplanade and a new Pier 107 will finally arrive for the people of East Harlem. This is tremendously good news – as we’ve seen waterfronts across the city become beloved and open greenspaces, East Harlem will no longer remain in the dark about the future of its one and only Pier. Instead, East Harlemnites are assured that their working-class community is as deserving of a beautiful waterfront as anywhere else.
“Every year since 2015, and the publishing of our report The Tale of Two Rivers, one of my major budget priorities has been funding for Pier 107 – and every year, we’ve increased our funding to bring us closer to this goal. I commend and applaud Mayor de Blasio for hearing the calls of East Harlem and bringing us all the way. City Hall has committed to combat the stark inequities found in our City’s greenspaces. The new Pier 107, surrounded by a new waterfront, will stand for generations,” said Assemblymember Robert J. Rodriguez.
“EsplanadeFriends is thrilled and exceedingly grateful that after a decade of advocacy and visioning for Pier 107, our dream of a reinvented Pier for East Harlem is a giant step closer to reality! The children of the community – and we hope generations to come – will treasure the true joy of fun along the River. On behalf of the thousands of people who bike, run, walk and fish along this waterfront Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to Mayor de Blasio, New York State Assemblymembers Rodriguez and Seawright, Community Board 11 and the long, long list of other elected officials and community groups who have advocated alongside us. Persistence is bearing fruit—the surprise and delight of a Pier and, importantly, equity for East Harlem greenspace,” said Jennifer Ratner, Friends of the East River Esplanade.