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Hudson River Park

The MAS continues to advocate for sound planning in the much-anticipated redevelopment of Manhattan’s west side waterfront into a continuous public park. As a result of intense lobbying by the Hudson River Park Alliance, of which the Society is a charter member, Governor George Pataki has endorsed the Hudson River Park Conservancy’s concept plan, and more importantly, re-committed the State’s pledge of $100 million contribution from the City. With the Alliance, the largest coalition of civic and environmental organizations devoted to the creation of a public park between Battery Park City and 59th Street, the MAS is pressing for the realization of this long-awaited amenity. To ensure that this valuable waterfront is transformed from rotting piers to a vibrant recreational and environmental resource for all New Yorkers, become a member of the Alliance’s “New Yorkers for Hudson River Park” network. Membership is free. The Alliance will send alerts, provide addresses and telephone numbers of involved parties, and distribute progress updates. New development, July 2000: After a lengthy and thorough review, the Army Corps of Engineers has issued the permits necessary to allow construction of the long-awaited Hudson River Park between Battery Park City and 59th Street. The permits enable the Hudson River Park Trust to shore up the aging piers which will provide the lion’s share of new recreation space. The Trust has already sent the first contracts out to bid for bulkhead repair and platform replacement. The MAS was proud to fight for the permits with its fellow civic groups in the Hudson River Park Alliance, and we congratulate Alliance Chairman Al Butzel for his sustained and stalwart leadership.