Initially, the Bloomberg administration hoped to develop the entire waterfront into housing and commercial space, but the Port Authority, which owns the piers and waterfront land, declined to shut down the port. The new park will feature striking views of shipping containers.
Still, business owners are hopeful it will bring new people into the neighborhood, which is cut off by a highway residents say many people are wary to cross. "Many of my loyal customers live far away, but there’s people a block away who don’t even know we’re here because they don’t walk past the highway," one said. "If they come to walk their dogs, maybe they’ll see our shops and come in."
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