WEST VILLAGE, Manhattan (PIX11)– Beach life in the city? Let’s say it’s a work in progress.
First there’s the beach in Brooklyn Bridge Park that you’re not allowed to swim in and there’s barely enough sand for sunbathing.
And then there’s the floating East River pool in Dumbo by the carousel that’s still in the fantasy phase.
So how about something to dream about even closer to the crowded stressed-out streets of Manhattan?
Well, 38-year-old real estate developer Blayne Ross is working to bring a floating city beach on a barge in the Hudson in the shape of a potato chip.
“It’s got layers like a lays potato chip,” Ross, City Beach founder, said. “It sits on top of the barge with 360 degree views and it’s all about communicating with nature.”
It’s the brainchild of Ross who envisions a grassroots, community effort on Indiegogo crowd funding.
“In the shape of a potato chip? Who thinks these things up,” village resident Rebecca Goetz said. “It’s got a layer, like a potato chip?.”
Two-hundred-sixty feet long by 72 feet wide, this dream beach barge would be surrounded by waterfalls and hold about 600 people at a time.
This floating city beach barge would be free and tethered to a pier and basically support itself by charging for towels, lounge chairs and food.
“I think it’s kill,” Cleo D’Nile, a village resident said.
A German tourist also liked the idea, he said, “Yeah, it would be great.”
The biggest question of them all: Can you really call it a beach if there’s no swimming?
“If the Department of Environmental Conservation says you can swim, we’ll have swimming,” Ross said.
Village resident Rebecca Goetz said, “What’s the point of a beach without swimming?”