Last Saturday there were signs of life along the usually desolate Lincoln Avenue waterfront, as residents came to enjoy the open space and cool breezes at the 2nd annual Mott Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Celebration. They demanded the city consider public recreational access as a key part of future development plans.
Bronx residents and environmentalists are voicing frustration at the slow pace of city action on a plan to reduce sewage overflows into the Harlem River that are producing unsafe bacteria levels in the river.
While city officials and developers alike are bullish on Mott Haven, residents and activists worry that several ambitious development projects to transform the neighborhood risk creating a community of haves and have-nots.
The mostly industrial South Bronx shore, initially approved for rezoning in 2009, is the subject of renewed attention after Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. highlighted the need for redevelopment there during his state of the borough address.
Bronx environmentalists want to see more people on local waterways, but first they want to know what tomorrow’s Bronx, Harlem and East River shorelines should look like.