|c 2015 David Comora|
Now that the city has committed to the demolition and reconstruction of the Grand Stairway between the High Bridge and the waterfront on the Bronx side of the bridge, it seems only fitting that they should also reconsider the reconstruction of a more friendly stairway on the Manhattan side.
Complaints have been coming in from pedestrians and bicyclists alike about the awkward situation in Highbridge Park. The stairway is very steep, very long, very dangerous, and impossible to navigate for many. The only alternative right now is to travel all the way down to 165th Street and Edgecombe Ave. and enter Highbridge Park on the path there that goes toward the High Bridge or visa versa. This adds about 16 additional blocks to the trip!
It isn't as though the hillside where the current stairway is located can't be re-sculpted to accommodate a 'Petit Grand Stairway' and bicycle ramp to allow access for the disabled, handicapped, and bicyclists.
|Courtesy Jon Sobel @ Park Odyssey|
This past week we have reports of people being daunted by the stairway and an incident of a woman receiving extensive burns from the Victorian Era railing.
|copyright Roy Levit, with permission|
And what about those restrooms we all need?