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New York announces grand opening of Pier 76 park

New York opened Pier 76, a public recreational and cultural space on the site of a former New York City Police Department tow pound to the public on Wednesday. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
New York opened Pier 76, a public recreational and cultural space on the site of a former New York City Police Department tow pound to the public on Wednesday. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

June 9 (UPI) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the grand opening of Pier 76, a public recreational and cultural space on the site of a former New York City Police Department tow pound.

The park, which includes a walking area, benches and an "outdoor flexible space," will be open to the public daily, and Cuomo announced it will host outdoor screenings for this summer's "reimagined" Tribeca Film Festival.

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"As New Yorkers continue to make incredible strides in defeating COVID, we must focus on rebuilding and revitalizing our state for a post-pandemic future and nothing is more emblematic of this historic effort than Pier 76," Cuomo said.

The state took possession of the 5.6-acre Pier 76 site from New York City in January and spent 81 days and $31 million to dismantle the 245,000 square-foot impound facility, repave the area and install railings and lighting.

A propeller from the S.S. United States passenger liner, which holds the record for the fastest passenger ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean, is also on display at the park.

"The last year has underscored how much parks mean to our communities and Pier 76, with its astonishing urban and waterfront views, is quality open space like no other," said New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid.

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