Close the Gap
  • Petitioning Daniel Garodnick

This petition will be delivered to:

District 4 Council Member
Daniel Garodnick
New York-12
Rep. Carolyn Maloney
New York
Sen. Charles Schumer
New York-074
State Rep. Brian Kavanagh
New York-028
State Sen. Liz Krueger
New York
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Close the Gap

    1. Scott Baker
    2. Petition by

      Scott Baker

      New York City, NY

Petition for a continuous East River Greenway/Esplanade from 38-61 streets
in Manhattan

Nine Bicyclists have been killed in East Midtown from 1995-2007 and hundreds injured. Every day, hundreds of bikers have to use heavily congested First and Second Avenues in competition with trucks, buses, taxis, cars, road construction, 3 major exits/entrances to the FDR, hills, and even other bikers, when just a couple of blocks to the east sits the unfinished Greenway that serves as a highway for bikers around the rest of Manhattan Island.  This Greenway would serve as just one of hundreds being built down the coast from Maine to Florida!  We New Yorkers don't want to be last in doing our part, do we?

A Greenway and Esplanade would be good for the environment by encouraging people to get out of their cars, good for people's health, good for all New Yorkers by linking neighborhoods together, and even good for the remaining traffic in East Midtown, Manhattan.

There is no East Midtown Greenway/Esplanade in Manhattan or even a marked Avenue-based bike lane in East Midtown - nothing to keep a bicycle rider or jogger safe from the cars, trucks, buses and pedestrians in this most clogged part of the East Side.  

Just 23 blocks, some of them easily reclaimed from the FDR shoulder or from parking lots and old detours, that’s all it would take to complete the Manhattan Greenway/Esplanade along the scenic East River from Battery Park to 125 Street.  

This section might be constructed like the cantilevered Greenway/Esplanade over the Hudson River beside Riverside Park in the west 80s, and by utilizing existing pylons in the East River by the FDR tunnel from 54 Street - 59 Streets.

We propose that our elected and appointed representatives complete the Greenway/Esplanade for bikers and walkers from east 38th Street (the end of Glick Park), to East 61st Street (the current end of Bobby Wagner Walk) alongside the East River with:

1.  Two-way bike lanes.

2.  Pedestrian walkways and seating.

3.  A permanent and safe barricade between the FDR and the Greenway/

4.  Additional access points from 38 Street to 61 Street, where feasible.

A potential plan, but certianly not the only plan, to fund the closure of the U.N. gap by setting up a special improvement district, can be found here:


In any case, more needs to be done than just continuously putting forward the same United Nations land-swap deal that has gone nowhere in over 10 years, to Close the Gap!



Recent signatures


    1. Supporters of Close the Gap-August 3 Circle Manhattan by Bike Ride!

      Scott Baker
      Petition Organizer

      The 4th Annual Circle Manhattan by Bike Ride is on! 32 miles completely around Manhattan, gaps and all! Lunch break. We've had form 16 to 65 people on previous rides. Details and registration here:

    2. United Nations & city sign a Memoradum of Understanding (MOU)

      Scott Baker
      Petition Organizer

      Big news! The MOU just signed means the U.N. has agreed to the complicated Land Swap that will ultimately pay for Closing the Gap. Plans have to be finalized, but money was the biggest obstacle. This petition site will remain up, but for the latest news, please go to the new site: Friends of the East Side Greenway.

    3. Major new City Website on the East Side Gap

      Scott Baker
      Petition Organizer

      A major new website chronicling all the past and future efforts to Close the Gap has just been initiated by State Senator Liz Krueger, Assemblyman Brian Kavanaugh and Council Member Dan Garodnick.


    Reasons for signing

    • Margaret Polaneczky NEW YORK, NY
      • 7 months ago

      I ride my bike and want to be safe in NYC while riding.

    • Laurence Zuckerman NEW YORK, NY
      • 7 months ago

      Safety, livable city, the environment

    • Paul Schuman NY, NY
      • 7 months ago

      I travel almost daily on the East Side on my bike. It would be a lot safer if I could use an off street path such as the east side esplanade.

    • Alexandra Oryniak NEW YORK, NY
      • 7 months ago

      I would use it for both work and recreation to navigate around Manhattan and get to the bridges

    • Tsivia Finman NEW YORK, NY
      • 7 months ago

      I am a cyclist in the city and want to make sure the city is safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. Bike lanes do this.


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