Please help us save our beach! Long Island City's Water Taxi Beach
has served the neighborhood, the city, and beyond for 6 years now. It brought in revenue and boosted the economy locally here in LIC, as well as within the whole of New York City from visitors far and wide.It employed 47 workers, enlisted over a dozen vendors w/ many employees. The city has closed it down to accomodate the new Hunterspoint South developement, which is understandable. So WTB asked for permission to move this unique urban experiment to a vacant lot further away from the construction, just to the south of the existing parking lot. They developed a new design, expanding the Beach, adding a nine-hole miniature golf course and a better volleyball court configuration. The site has great views and a lot of open space. But NYC EDC has shot down the proposal with little consideration.
As a resident and parent here in LIC, I am heartbroken at this sudden news - i always assumed there would be a WTB - where families enjoy the view, children play in the sand while their parents grab a beer, play volleyball, listen to music, and eat a hot dog. Few businesses in the neighborhood, or the city for that matter, open their doors for the public just to relax and enjoy themselves.
We as LIC residents ask that the Mayor reconsider the proposal on the table and accomodate the relocation of Water Taxi Beach to the currently unoccupied piece of land under conditions agreeable to all parties.
So please join our cause and take a minute to sign this petition asap.
We appreciate your time and attention.
Friends of Water Taxi Beach
Please Mr Bloomberg,
We urge you to reconsider the proposal by Water Taxi Beach to relocate here in Long Island City asap.
The neighborhood and the city need this unique urban experience, both culturally, as well as financially.
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
The Friends of Water Taxi Beach