In partnership with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Council Member Costa Constantinides, and NYC Housing Authority’s Astoria Houses, NYCEDC and the Department of Parks and Recreation are designing a kayak launch that will restore this community’s relationship with the waterfront.
Hallet’s Cove is located in the Astoria area of Queens along the East River waterfront, stretching from Socrates Sculpture Park in the south to NYC Housing Authority’s Astoria Houses in the north. The project site is largely comprised of protected intertidal wetlands, shallow water, a DEP combined-sewer outfall, and a historic radio transmission tower. In 2011, Green Shores NYC and the Trust for Public Land identified waterfront improvements to the Hallet’s Cove area in NYC’s Vision 2020 and in the Waterfront Vision Plan. Both studies identified a strong demand for boating amenities and passive recreation space in the surrounding neighborhoods and an opportunity to complement the existing beach kayaking area at Socrates Sculpture Park.
At full build out this $5 million investment will provide the Astoria, Queens community with:
- New, enhanced waterfront access with a public kayak launch
- Removal of the dilapidated platform and debris
- Wetland habitat and intertidal cove restoration
- Sidewalk replacement
- Railing improvements along Vernon Boulevard
- New street trees along Vernon Boulevard adjacent to the cove
- Kayak storage