The city says that the Boat Basin at 79th Street has deteriorated so much that it will have to be vacated by November ahead of a $90 million project to reconstruct the area and allow for more boats to dock there. The wooden dock structure and concrete foundation of the marina showed “excessive deterioration,” the city said in a press release. The number of people docking at the marina had been steadily declining in recent years. It’s not clear how many live there now.
The city will undertake the reconstruction project starting in 2023, with $60.9 million of the funds coming from the mayor’s budget and $28.3 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The project was first revealed at a community board meeting covered by West Side Rag in 2019. The area will be dredged to allow for easier navigation in all tidal cycles, and all the wooden structures will be demolished and reconstructed. Some wood will be replaced by steel and concrete support structures, and floating dock pilings and the dock house structure will be elevated to protect against storm surge.
“Parks will assist all permittees in relocating their vessels to area marinas until the project is completed–all current permittees will be given priority to return to the Boat Basin,” the parks department said.
The Boat Basin was constructed in 1937.