Just minutes from Wall Street, the Empire State Building and other landmarks that define New York City, a playground of sand and surf will be created out of a strip of fenced-off wasteland in the southern tip of the island.The $7 million Brooklyn Bridge Beach plan, whose details were unveiled on Thursday, covers 11,000 square feet area under the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, at the mouth of the East River.One caveat is the sewage-tainted water, which most New Yorkers consider too polluted to swim in.”We’re embracing the great power of our rivers,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said as she announced the plan’s funding, with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.”Our rivers were part of what made us the greatest city in the world and now we are reclaiming them for economic development and for recreation, but also for protection .”

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