On October 5, New York City and State officials announced an agreement which brings the vision of a green ring around Manhattan one step closer to becoming a reality. The proposal would allow the United Nations to purchase land owned by the city to build a new tower. This would vacate current offices leased to the U.N. by the city, the sale of which would fund repairs and construction for an esplanade which would extend the East River Greenway.
The land being purchased is currently part of Robert Moses Playground. While it’s regrettable that a local playground will be lost, a completed East River Greenway will bring multiple public benefits—including improved waterfront access—to many millions of New Yorkers; additional replacement parkland has also been identified.
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