New York City is a world-class vacation destination, of course, but you don't go there for the beaches. Well, you can, but the bloated corpses floating down the Hudson River tend to kill the mood.
Just kidding, NYC Tourism Bureau! Please don't send mail! In any case, the New York City beach vacation may become a reality yet, if "experience designer" Blayne Ross has anything to say about the matter.
Giant Floating City Would Drift Like An Iceberg
Ross' City Beach NYC project would bring a floating beach to the Hudson River, complete with sand, umbrellas, beach chairs and cabana rentals. The beach, you see, would actually be a giant river barge, renovated to facilitate the sun and surf lifestyle.
Well, no surf, actually. As of now, there aren't plans for swimming, either in shipboard pools or in the Hudson. But there will be a waterfall, which Ross hopes will help oxygenate the river water. The plan also calls for recycled materials wherever possible.
Besides sun and sand, the deck of the barge would also feature restaurants and retails spaces. Built-in light tubes will redirect sunshine below decks as well, where Ross hopes to install additional facilities like a changing rooms and a marine science exhibit.