To extend the greenway north from 38th to 41st Streets, $13 million from Con Edison would restore a deteriorating structure that the utility used for fuel deliveries, known as Waterside Pier, along a roughly 45-foot wide route that would open to the public in 2015. The greenway past the United Nations campus would be the last to open, in 2024, and the design would have to address security concerns likely to restrict access to First Avenue.
North of the United Nations, an existing dead-end waterfront esplanade is accessible by pedestrian bridge between 51st and 54th Streets, but the esplanade ends at 54th Street, where the FDR Drive is covered by apartment buildings until 58th Street. Along this section, EDC said support structures built in 2004 for a $139 million temporary roadway during FDR reconstruction could be reused for the esplanade — an idea that has idled for almost seven years. This section could open to the public in 2018.