Randall’s Island Connector Finally Complete Providing The Bronx a Safe and Direct Access to the Island

Tour participants walked along the 1/4 mile path under the Amtrak bridge leading to the bridge connecting The Bronx with Randall's Island
Tour participants walked along the 1/4 mile path under the Amtrak bridge leading to the bridge connecting The Bronx with Randall’s Island last November 2014.

After over 2 decades of community fighting tooth and nail to get a proper connection to Randall’s Island constructed, the time for its grand opening has come this Saturday, November 14th!

Although it was scheduled to be open at some point this past summer, we were warned that it could (and it was) delayed due to many testings needed to be done to ensure safe pedestrian access as well as train passage.

Now, this Saturday you can take a brief tour of the area guided by Friends of Brook Park and South Bronx Unite to learn more about, “…the South Bronx waterfront, community gardens, art and historic places. Through site visits, participants will learn about the polluting fossil-fuel power plants and the waste transfer facilities that litter our rivers’ shores, and the NOW FINALLY COMPLETED South Bronx Greenway Randall’s Island Connector!!!

Rendering of the pathway to the Randall's Island Connector (image via NYCEDC)
Rendering of the pathway to the Randall’s Island Connector (image via NYCEDC)

According to South Bronx Unite:

Thanks to the 2 decades plus advocacy of South Bronx residents, organizations and the leadership and vision of Time’s Up!, Dave Lutz from the Neighborhood Open Space Coalition and the long defunct Cherry Tree Association and The Point and Sustainable South Bronx helping manage fundng and spearheading engagement with government agencies like Parks and NYCEDC, with early leadership and funding from Rep. Jose E. Serrano and continued pressure by South Bronx Unite and BCEQ and more we could list forever, we will have a safe at grade accessible Greenway from Port Morris, South Bronx to Randall’s Island and beyond! (and as Harry Bubbins, Mott Haven resident and director of Friends of Brook Park said, “On a historical note, The Randall’s Island Connector was part of Fernando Ferrer’s 1993 Greenway plan (into which BCEQ, Trans Alt and NOSC had significant input) and, as such, has been consistently advocated for by Bronx TA.”

Join us on this historic ride! At 10 am Brook Park at Brook Avenue and 141st Street

Or meet at the Connector at 11 am at 132nd and Cypress Avenue for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.