Two rusted gantry cranes towering over the East River near 134th Street may be an eyesore to some, but for others, they are a symbol of the possibility for growth throughout the South Bronx community. A group called “Friends of Brook Park” and other locals are joining together in hopes of turning the decaying riverfront into a dynamic green space for the underdeveloped area of neighborhood. The two five-story arches haven’t been used since the 1960s when they hoisted ferries in and out of the river on a day-to-day basis. Today, they are fenced off and surrounded by overgrown weeds and piles of garbage.
Local stirring has not only gotten the Port Morris riverfront project on the list of preservation initiatives throughout the area, but has also grabbed the attention of “Friends of Brook Park,” a neighborhood group dedicated to bettering schools, businesses, homes, and public spaces in the South Bronx. The combined efforts may jumpstart a move forward on the new riverfront park, which will incorporate the area’s rich and unique history with new and modern green spaces for everyone to enjoy.
According to DNAinfo, “the Historic Districts Council will name the Port Morris gantries as one of its 2012 ‘Six to Celebrate‘ sites. The designation entitles Friends of Brook Park to a year’s worth of the council’s technical support as it works to build local and official support for its revitalization vision.” The Council is backing the project because they recognize the space’s untapped potential of the shoreline.
Via DNA info
images via Friends of Brook Park