A Brooklyn-based artist and her team want to build a floating pedestrian bridge across 1,400 feet of New York Harbor to connect Red Hook with Governors Island.
It’s called Citizen Bridge and it’s the work, primarily, of Nancy Nowacek. Nowacek has been at work on Citizen Bridge for over two years and has enlisted the help of more than 200 volunteers, as well as engineers to help model and fabricate the connecting pieces. Now Nowacek is taking to Kickstarter to 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.”
According to the group, a span between Red Hook and Governors Island used to be a sandbar in the dry months. Farmers and folks looking for a nice place for a picnic would walk back and forth.
Because of city regulations, Citizen Bridge would only be able to recreate that walkway one day a year, though it hopes to increase the frequency if the bridge proves popular.
“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.”
So far Citizen Bridge has raised $18,685 from 398 backers. Seven days remain to hit its $25,000 budget.
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