In Depth: The Bronx Waterfront
A diverse culture, music and baseball are just a few of the things that the Bronx is known for. What many forget is that the borough also has soaring bridges, quiet harbors and 75 miles of sparkling waterfront.
Lifelong Bronx resident Mike Carew took News 12 The Bronx on a nautical adventure around the borough. Carew says life on the water in the Bronx is like an adventure--the weather changes and sometimes even the scenery changes.
Carew has spent much of his time diving for hidden treasures near shipwrecks off the Bronx coast, an area that runs deep with history. Environmentalist Carter Craft says the Bronx's waterfront in the late 19th and early 20th century was in its hey day when people didn't have to go to Coney Island to play at the water's edge. He says the industrial revolution, poor urban planning and general pollution have taken their toll on the waterfront.
Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. says giving the natural border of the Bronx a facelift is one of his biggest challenges. He has launched an ambitious plan that includes creating pathways and parkland along the Harlem River. He also wants to add waterfront access to places such as Yankee Stadium, and remove the prison barge that floats along the borough's eastern coast.
The Bronx waterfront is a work in progress. In some spots beautiful and serene, in others it's gritty and loud. It's many things to many people. It's a livelihood, a resting spot, and a political cause.