Points of view
By Karen Argenti
For years, community residents have worked on plans for the Harlem River Greenway, a linear park from Randall’s Island to Kingsbridge on the Bronx side of the river. The Riverdale Press has followed the community’s work at large meetings held at Manhattan College, and throughout the Bronx, where a vision has emerged to clean the river’s waters by getting the public to its shores.
The Riverdale Press has offered wonderful editorials proclaiming and sharing our dreams of renewing the waterfront and reestablishing the grand waterway to what it was a century ago. This is why it is so surprising to see last week’s editorial on FreshDirect.
It is myopic to look at this from the standpoint of the South Bronx Greenway connection to Randall’s Island, which is just one small piece of the community’s plan for parkland access.
Greenways are linear network pathways, in this case along the shores of the Harlem River. Decades of planning for the Bronx side of the Harlem River Greenway would connect networks that include the Hudson River Greenway at the waterfront, along the Henry Hudson Bridge, and the Putnam line.
The Harlem River extends along five community boards from the Hudson River through Spuyten Duyvil, Broadway Bridge, Marble Hill, University Heights, Morris Heights, Roberto Clemente State Park, High Bridge, Mott Haven, and Port Morris where it reaches the East River. Three years ago, community groups created the Harlem River Working Group to facilitate and coordinate this work.
We are just finishing up work with the Trust for Public Land and the Pratt Institute to develop a Community Consensus plan and create a map for the entire river. The proposed FreshDirect warehouse, with its 2,000 diesel trucks moving in and out daily, will land right in the middle of this Greenway.