City Beach NYC aims to bring a portable floating beach to the Hudson River


June 10, 2014

City Beach NYC, by designer Blayne Ross (Image: City Beach NYC)

City Beach NYC, by designer Blayne Ross (Image: City Beach NYC)

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Designer Blayne Ross has unveiled a new concept which aims to bring a beach to New York City's Hudson River. City Beach NYC comprises a reclaimed barge topped with sand that would visit the area during summer months. To help bring his vision to life, Ross plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign in the near future.

The City Beach NYC barge concept features retail spaces, restaurants, and sunbathing spots on the upper deck, with changing rooms and a marine science exhibit down below. The exhibit will detail the history of the Hudson River, its water quality, and local marine life. However, unlike the Floating +Pool concept we covered previously, there will be no swimming pool on the barge and no opportunity to dip a toe into the Hudson – which is probably for the best, given its well-documented pollution.

Ross told Gizmag that he intends to use recycled materials wherever possible, and that his team is actively seeking companies to help enable the barge to operate completely off-grid. Light tubes will also be used to direct natural light from outside to the lower level.

The finer details on the materials and sustainable features of the City Beach NYC project are still to be worked out at this early stage, though the designer did reveal that the barge will sport a waterfall which could help oxygenate the local water.

City Beach NYC will soon be the subject of a US$200,000 crowdfunding campaign on Crowdtilt. The plan is to offer free entry to visitors and make a profit from amenities provided on-site, such as umbrellas, beach chairs, and cabana rentals.

Those interested can sign-up to a mailing list via the source link below.

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This is not the 70s these days you drown in Hudson before you dissolve.

If they put slot machines on this barge they might be self supporting. But as it is can they charge enough to the public to make use of this barge without going broke? Jim Sadler

Stupid ideas. CLEAN THE DAM RIVER ALREADY. All NY city and state gov't does is look out for itself. We have a right to clean water, land and air. Big corp. pays to destroy nature and expect us to play in a over priced puddle floating in a river that should be clean. Stupid S--t like this pisses me off.


It will need sand guards to keep people from throwing all the sand into the river.

As for the waterfall helping to oxygenate the water, that would do very little.

Average flow at the Federal Dam (at the upper end of the 154 mile lower Hudson) is 13,600 cubic feet per second; daily average flow has been as high as 152,000 cubic feet per second and as low as 882 cubic feet per second. The flow increases a lot as other rivers join up on the way to the ocean.

How much would that waterfall run through?

The entire lower Hudson is a tidal estuary. As the tide comes in, the flow reverses so brackish water could get all the way up to Federal Dam.

Some people just don't have a grasp of how large things like the rivers, atmosphere and oceans are.

Gregg Eshelman
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