Solution for Marine Transfer Station: The MTS should be changed into a community event space with bike rental, bottled drink/food concession and toilets.Submitted by peter kelvin on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:11pm
Aside from the issues of escalating cost, which are well-known, the MTS is completely unneeded. Existing MTS sites at West 135th St and West 56 St. have been taken out of service, and the one at Lincoln Ave. in the South Bronx, less than 2 miles from 91st St., is very under-utilized - at 9:30 this past Monday morning, for instance, there was not a single truck waiting to enter. There is no need to waste taxpayer money on an unnecessary and unwanted structure.
On the other hand, East Harlem and the Upper East Side have the least amount of open green space relative to population in the City; adding the platform at the MTS site for bike rentals would allow many more residents and visitors to enjoy the Esplanade. Today the nearest Citibike location is at 57th St, making it impractical given the time limit on these rentals.
Also, from Carl Schurz Park north there is not a single water fountain or toilet on the Esplanade, which puts a real damper on public enjoyment.
Finally, the cost of such a public use platform would be far less than the MTS, freeing up funds for more important repairs and construction on the Esplanade, so it could move towards the kind of space found today along the Hudson on the West Side.
I asm sure you have additional thoughts about how the MTS platform space could be used in addition to those above.
Thank you for listening.
535 East 86, 8H