Collapsing Harlem River Esplanade - 113th Street. (Photos: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) Click on images to enlarge
A nine-year-old East Harlem resident and her mother check out the hole. Park workers were recently dispatched to another section a few blocks north after the fence and sections of the esplanade futher collapsed. (see below)
By Geoffrey Croft
Talk about a Tale of Two Cities.
For years the Park Department has allowed a dangerous section of the Harlem River Esplanade to go unrepaired.
To make matters worse instead of fixing the problem years ago the city installed an unsafe “temporary bridge” which is clearly not to code.
One section at approximately 113th Street is particularly dangerous.
"Very dangerous," said the East Harlem father pushing his child. "This has been like this for a long, long time."
Large holes in the guard railing measure more than 20 inches high and 45 inches wide, a size where any child, adult or pet could easily fall into and be washed away into the East River if they fell into the collapsing esplanade.
During low tide.
Water flows in during higher tide.
Right On Cue. Upon receiving a media request the agency quickly dispatched a crew to the area to cover up the condition.
Another nearby section a few feet away is also beginning to collapse.
Park workers were recently called to another section dangerous esplanade two blocks north as yet another section was found to be collapsing into the East River.
The section is between 115th — 116th Street in East Harlem.
Even the garbage cans along this section of the Harlem River Esplanade have no bottoms.
(Photos: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) Click on images to enlarge