A beach is coming to Manhattan's East Side

Brooklyn Bridge Beach will feature a sand beach as well as kayaking and a canoe launch.

Rendering of Brooklyn Bridge Beach

Rendering of Brooklyn Bridge Beach Rendering by WXY Architecture + Urban Design

Soon, you may be able to sunbathe on an actual beach in Manhattan, not just at bars that try to replicate the experience. Today, the Daily News got the scoop on plans for Brooklyn Bridge Beach, a strip of sandy terrain that will be built along the lower-Manhattan waterfront, as part of the city's East River Blueway project.

City Council speaker Christine Quinn and Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer have earmarked $7 million for the project, which will include a kayak launch—the only one on the Manhattan side of the East River—in addition to seating, fishing spots and pathways. Sadly, it will not include one crucial component of any good beach day: the ability to swim in the water. (Thank the river's pollution levels for that—but hey, maybe the city can hook up with the people behind +POOL to make it happen?)

According to the Daily News, the project will also include the construction of a salt marsh nearby to help offset the potential damage of another Hurricane Sandy–level storm.

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