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Despite pleas from anglers, North Shore residents, prime strip of NYC waterfront property remains closed

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Staten Island, NY — Despite millions of investments, some of St. George’s Pier, which offers panoramic views of New York Harbor and the best real estate for promising anglers, remains closed and responsible for the city. The institution lacks answers.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) did not answer multiple questions about the closure of Pier 1, but spokeswoman Regina Graham was the first 300 of 845-foot-long public spaces since NYCEDC announced. He said the feet remained open. Renovation over 5 years ago.

Graham said the rest of the pier was closed for safety reasons while the NYCEDC was working on the repair. City council member Camilla Hanks (D-North Shore) said she is working with her agency to facilitate the process.

“NYCEDC has announced a partial closure due to a substructure issue. We are working with them to find a solution to this issue,” she said. “My top priority is to ensure that the necessary repairs are done to keep all residents safe, so that everyone can safely enjoy this waterfront space. . “

Part of St. George’s Pier 1 can be seen blocked on Monday, July 11, 2022. (Staten Island Advance / Paul Liotta)

These structural issues date back to at least 2017, Hanks’ predecessor. Former city council member Devi Rose joined Facebook in July of that year. It was unsafe, so we announced the closure of the pier.

Five years ago, a NYCEDC spokesperson under the former mayor of Bill de Blasio Told the abolished news agency dnainfo The inspection found a problem and the city was working to correct it.

It never paid off, and as Rose mentioned in her post five years ago, some of the most important areas of the pier remain closed to the general public.

“This is a common disappointment for the fishing community and everyone who enjoys the scenery and breeze along the pier,” she said at the time.

Eric Garvin, a lawyer and amateur fisherman, said the NYCEDC built on the other side of the 10-foot wire mesh fence and that it has fish sweepers and other fishing equipment similar to those available at Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier. Told.

Pier 1 St. George Monday, July 11, 2022

Pier 1 on Monday, July 11, 2022 is full of trash cans. (Staten Island Advance / Paul Liotta)

He said that while the fence kept most people out, some were accessing the closed part of the pier, pointing out that the trash cans on the other side of the fence were overflowing. The same situation was seen during the July 11 site visit of Advance / SILive.com.

“It’s interesting to see what the city wants in terms of development,” said Garvin, a resident of the North Shore. “What are we doing with our resources, and what are we doing for this part of Staten Island?”

Despite its dilapidated condition, the pier, at least publicly accessible, and the nearby National Lighthouse Museum are two of the few bright spots on the long-abandoned Staten Island waterfront.

The old wharf adjacent to wharf 1 can be seen collapsing or collapsing in the sea below. Further towards Stapleton, there is the location of the old Cromwell Center, which was completely closed in 2010 after being hit by a major collapse before it was completely demolished in 2013.

Towards the end of his tenure, Rose has secured funding for a new North Shore Recreation Center to be built above the Lions Pool parking lot on a planned completion date in 2025.

The Peer 1 problem dates back more than 10 years. NYCEDC took over assets from the city’s Ministry of Transport in the early 2000s, and in 2003 Advance / SILive.com reported that the refurbished pier was reopened at a cost of approximately $ 2.5 million.

According to engineering studies at the time, the stakes were weakened by tree-eating sea worms and were unsafe.

Then, in 2010, Advance / SILive.com reported that some of the fishing equipment on the pier had been devastated. Hanks, then Managing Director of the Downtown Staten Island Council, drew the NYCEDC’s attention to the issue and eventually resolved it.

That year, Hanks and the council held a summer fest event, where women from the council said they had more than 2,500 visitors at the time participating in a series of seasonal films, jazz concerts and children’s programs.

National Lighthouse Museum Monday, July 11, 2022

The National Lighthouse Museum is on display on Monday, July 11, 2022. (Staten Island Advance / Paul Liotta)

According to the museum’s website, this all continued while locals continued to promote the opening of the National Lighthouse Museum. The National Lighthouse Museum was first voted on Staten Island in 1998.

The museum finally opened in 2015, but it’s not without its challenges in the process.

They included the failure of an attempt to permanently dock the US Lightship Nantucket along Pier 1 as a permanent exhibit in the museum, along with the theft of three 250-pound brass bells attached to decorative buoys. (Or informal storage) was included. Pier.

In 2016, NYCEDC announced the addition of a pier to Dock NYC, a private company that has contracted with the city to manage and sell berths in the city for a variety of uses.

In May, DockNYC partnered with the National Lighthouse Museum to launch a series of boat tours offering sightseeing and dinner cruises on a yacht called the Majestic Princess. The program concludes with the October 28, Haunted Halloween East River Dinner Cruise.

Linda Diant, Managing Director of the National Lighthouse Museum, said a complete repair of the pier could maximize the potential of the pier.

“Because this important wharf 1 is partially closed, tourists can enjoy panoramic views of the city, the lighthouses of the main harbor, the Verazano Bridge, Governors Island and, of course, the adjacent Brooklyn across the water. I can’t experience the scenery of the island, “he said in an email.

In addition to the challenges of the closed pier, the museum is in the shadow of a deadlocked lighthouse point project, adjacent to a group of dilapidated buildings that once housed the Staten Island Lighthouse Depot. , Office space and The Westin Hotel.

Garvin, a lawyer and amateur angler, knows what the city is planning to bring the region’s potential to life and whether NYCEDC plans to fully open the pier. I just want to.

“If you have a private yacht, you can do business with EDC all day at the pier. With the person you are walking, go for a walk, go for a fish, or go sightseeing like a park. If you want to go to, you will be hindered, “he said. “The city should not create such a situation.”

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