An Artist Wants to Give New York a Giant Floating Bridge
New York City is one of the most walkable cities in the world, but one artist is looking to kick it up a notch by building a floating bridge that connects Brooklyn with the famous Governors Island.
Nancy Nowacek proposed a 1,400-foot-long floating pedestrian bridge to and from Red Hook in Brooklyn, and she assembled a team of volunteers and engineers to make the vision come true. Test pieces have already been constructed and placed in New York Harbor, and Nowacek started a Kickstarter to help fund the remainder of the project.
“Citizen Bridge is about the collective power of citizens to reshape their cities, from the waterline up,” according to the Kickstarter campaign. “Normally, large pieces of infrastructure are instruments of political will; in this case, Citizen Bridge is an act of community goodwill.”
If funded, the bridge would only be a pop-up allowed once a year due to city regulations, but that’s fine with the artist. The goal is to create a new experience for New Yorkers and visitors.
“Citizen Bridge will offer participants an experience of the New York City harbor unlike any other,” the Kickstarter explains. “It is designed to create an intimate experience of being with the water, rather than seeing it from the shore, above from a bridge, or in transport by boat or ferry.”
This isn't the first unique goal to be pitched for the city. Two architects recently proposed to turn Central Park into a sunken valley.