The 79th Street marina in the Hudson River is empty, as the city gets ready to start a major reconstruction project which should expand the docks and make the area more resilient as climate change continues to reshape the environment.
The boats that have docked there, some of which stay year-round, are all gone. We asked the Parks Department where they went, and a spokesperson wrote that the residents were offered assistance to move, and given information about three dozen local marinas. They will get priority to come back when the new marina is complete, but that could be a while. Work is set to start in 2023 after environmental reviews.
The project is slated to cost $90 million, with FEMA footing about one-third of the bill. Deteriorating wooden structures at the basin will be replaced “using modern resiliency standards,” with some timber being switched out for steel and concrete. The new design will be ADA compliant, the city says. And the area will be dredged. West Side Rag got a look at an early design in 2019.
Marianne Hettinger, a local resident who has visited the boats, wrote in that she already misses the community. “It was a community that was part of the Upper West Side whose presence was always comforting to me and imagining life on those boats always looked so adventurous yet cozy to me,” she wrote.