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May 4, 2014- By Steven E. Greer
There was yet another charity walk allowed to take place today, clogging the Battery Park City streets with screaming and cheering people. The event today was the “Walk MS“. It was either a two or a four-mile course, starting at Pier 26, then winding down the Hudson River esplanade to the lower tip of Manhattan.
For unknown reasons, the local planners who allow these events, such as the Community Board 1, seem to not realize that an ideal structure exists for these bikes and walks. The “Pataki Highway” that runs along the West Side Highway is wider than the esplanade, and removed from the community more. Nevertheless, this MS Walk, and most others, bypassed the Pataki Highway altogether.
As a result of the poor planning, in the video you can see a loud group of well-intentioned people hooting and hollering down Battery Place, congesting the pedestrian sidewalk, disturbing the peace.
However, not all of the participants were nice. At the 15-second mark, you can see a motorcycle-gang-jacket-wearing man block a yellow and cab and threaten the cabby, all right in front of PS-276 (see comments below).
What do the residents of BPC get out of all of these events? Why is BPC the only place in Manhattan that allows this type of event? If the appointed leaders of the Battery Park City Authority actually lived in BPC, woudl this all be much different?
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