- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - An organization founded by Bette Midler is planning an open spaces network in the South Bronx.

The New York Restoration Project aims to transform the area with parks, tree-lined streets, bike lanes and more.

The city expects to open a pathway connecting the South Bronx to the Randall’s Island recreational area this year.

The nonprofit’s Haven Project, unveiled Wednesday, foresees continuous waterfront access from the Randall’s Island Connector to a redeveloped pier at 132nd Street. Organizers hope to break ground in 2017 at the pier, which will cost around $5 million to $10 million.

A waterfront park is proposed at 134th Street.

Public and private funding will be sought.

Team members include the Montefiore (mahn-tuh-fee-OHR’) Medical Center and Columbia University.

Residents also have been part of the planning.


Online: www.nyrp.org

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