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New York to get its first 'floating beach'?

AFP   June 25, 2014
First Published: 16:37 IST(25/6/2014) | Last Updated: 16:43 IST(25/6/2014)

One innovative experience designer has come up with a plan to bring a ‘floating beach' to Manhattan. "City Beach" is a 260-foot long barge covered in sand, set to park itself on the Hudson River.

Featuring bars, restaurants, deckchairs and even a marine science exhibit, it is being marketed as a "completely floating island beach experience".

The brainchild of Blayne Ross, the beach park aims to offer NYC residents the chance to take a break from the chaos of the city. The design was inspired by the aesthetic of a potato chip dropped onto a barge, referencing coastal sand dunes.

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It will hold 1,200 cubic yards of sand and 200 beach chairs. Ross's emphasis is firmly on relaxation rather than partying. "It's definitely just about having space, because I lost that when I moved here," he explains.

The project was launched this week on crowdfunding website IndieGoGo.

Inner city beaches are becoming a strong urban trend, with spots such as Paris and Vienna embracing the concept with "Paris Plages" and the "Vienna City Beach Club" respectively.


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