2006 New York Code - Ward\'s And Randall\'s Islands; Development Into Park.



 
    § 18-130 Ward's and Randall's islands; development into park. a. There
  being  a shortage of parks and park areas within the city to provide the
  necessary facilities for  fresh  air  and  recreation  for  the  growing
  population  of  such  city  and  more  particularly for residents of the
  boroughs  of  Manhattan,  Bronx  and  Queens;  and  the   creation   and
  establishment  of  such parks being essential to the health, comfort and
  welfare  of  the  citizens  of  the  state;  and  it  appearing  to  the
  legislature  to  be  necessary and proper that city parks be created and
  established on the islands known as Ward's and  Randall's,  within  such
  city,  and  that  the inmates and patients in the various state and city
  institutions now located on such islands be removed therefrom, excepting
  the lands on Ward's island presently occupied  by  the  Manhattan  state
  hospital  other  than parcels one and two hereinafter described and that
  the buildings and structures of such institutions be demolished for  the
  purpose of such parks; the provisions hereinafter prescribed are enacted
  and  their  necessity  in  the  public  interest is hereby declared as a
  matter of legislative determination.
    b. In order that the state may reconstruct, modernize and rebuild some
  or all of the building and facilities of  Manhattan  state  hospital  on
  Ward's  island, and continue to maintain such hospital, so as to furnish
  modern facilities for treatment and  care  of  mental  patients  of  the
  metropolitan  district  to  the  benefit  of  its residents, the city is
  hereby authorized to extend the lease executed between the city and  the
  state  of  New  York  pursuant  to the provisions of chapter one hundred
  thirty-nine of the laws of nineteen hundred and  eight,  as  amended  by
  chapter  six  hundred  ninety-six  of  the  laws of nineteen hundred and
  thirteen, for a period not exceeding  fifty  years  beyond  its  present
  termination date with respect to any or all of the lands now occupied by
  or  used  in  connection  with Manhattan state hospital on Ward's island
  except the lands hereinafter described as parcel one and parcel two. The
  department of mental health is hereby directed to remove  the  remaining
  inmates on or before April seventh, nineteen hundred fifty-nine from all
  the  buildings  of  the Manhattan state hospital located on that part of
  Ward's island described as follows:
    PARCEL 1
    Beginning at the intersection of the shore line of Harlem  River  with
  the  northerly boundary line of property in the southwest portion of the
  island, now under the jurisdiction of the Department  of  Parks  of  the
  City  of New York, which boundary line was established by the consent of
  the Governor, dated April 20, 1938, pursuant to Chapter 23 of  the  laws
  of  1938,  and  filed  in  the Department of Parks and the Department of
  Mental Health, as shown on map entitled "Index  Map  of  Wards  Island",
  dated  April  28,  1936  accompanying  said  consent,  thence  generally
  easterly along said boundary line to its intersection with the  westerly
  line  of  the  right-of-way  of  the Triborough Bridge; thence generally
  northerly along said westerly right-of-way line to its intersection with
  the southwesterly line of Morgan Avenue; thence northwesterly along  the
  southwesterly  line  of  Morgan  Avenue  to  its  intersection  with the
  southeasterly line of Scholer Street;  thence  southwesterly  along  the
  southeasterly line of Scholer Street to its intersection with a straight
  line  which  is  25 feet southwesterly from and parallel to Building No.
  103; thence northwesterly along said line to its intersection  with  the
  shore line of Harlem River; thence southwesterly along the shore line of
  Harlem River to the point or place of beginning.
    PARCEL 2
    Beginning at the intersection of the westerly line of the right-of-way
  of  the  New York Connecting Railroad with the shore line of Little Hell
  Gate as shown on the map referred  to  in  Parcel  1,  thence  generally

southerly along said westerly right-of-way line to its intersection with the shore line of the East River; thence southwesterly along said shore line of the East River to its intersection with the northerly boundary line of park property in the southwest portion of the island, as defined in Parcel 1; thence generally northwesterly along said boundary line to its intersection with the easterly line of the right-of-way of the Triborough Bridge; thence generally northerly along said easterly right-of-way line to its intersection with the northeasterly line of Morgan Avenue; thence southeasterly, generally, along the northeasterly line of Morgan Avenue to its intersection with the southeasterly line of Macy Avenue; thence northeasterly along the southeasterly line of Macy Avenue and its prolongation to its intersection with the southeasterly prolongation of the northeasterly line of Pinel Avenue; thence northwesterly along the northeasterly line of Pinel Avenue to its intersection with the northeasterly line of the cinder road on the northeast side of Buildings Nos. 95, 96, 97 and 98; thence northwesterly along said northeasterly line of said cinder road as prolonged, to its intersection with the easterly line of the right-of-way of the Triborough Bridge; thence generally northerly along said easterly right-of-way line to its intersection with the shore line of Little Hell Gate; thence easterly along said shore line to the point or place of beginning, and such property and equipment used in or in connection with such hospital, as it may desire, to the Pilgrim state hospital on Long Island, or to other state hospitals, in which it shall establish suitable quarters and accommodations for them, within the amounts of appropriations made for such purpose by the legislature. The lease heretofore executed between the city of New York and the state of New York, pursuant to the provisions of chapter one hundred thirty-nine of the laws of nineteen hundred eight, as amended by chapter six hundred ninety-six of the laws of nineteen hundred thirteen, shall be deemed terminated within the meaning and intent of such lease and statute to the extent that such lease relates to that part of Ward's island hereinabove described, when the governor shall certify in writing to the mayor that such inmates, property and equipment have been so transferred, and that the buildings and structures on Ward's island within the above described area are no longer necessary for the purposes of the Manhattan state hospital. c. The city shall proceed as soon as possible after the governor shall have so certified to the mayor, as hereinbefore provided, to raze all of the buildings, structures and other improvements of the Manhattan state hospital and all other structures, buildings and improvements on that part of Ward's island described in subdivision b, except those required for park purposes, and except those connected with the present bridge now owned by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company, now located at Ward's island and those connected with the proposed city sewage disposal plant as authorized by chapter six hundred eighty-nine of the laws of nineteen hundred twenty-seven and the structures of Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. The city may, however, at any time prior to such certification by the governor, commence the work of transforming the above described part of the island into a city park and of razing all or such part of such buildings, structures and improvements as may no longer be required for the purposes of such hospital, if the governor consents thereto in writing. Such consent shall specify generally what work is consented to and specifically what buildings, structures and improvements, or parts thereof, may be razed. Copies of each such consent shall be filed with the department of parks and recreation of the city and the department of mental health. No structure, building or improvement shall be erected by the city or the
state on Ward's island, except such as are necessary to the proper functioning of the Manhattan state hospital or to the purposes or functions of the sewage disposal plant, established by the city on such island, pursuant to the provisions of chapter six hundred eighty-nine of the laws of nineteen hundred twenty-seven, or except such as may be necessary for the construction, reconstruction, maintenance and operation of the structures of Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, or the present bridge now owned by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company, now located on Ward's island or except such as may be consented to by the governor as hereinbefore provided. d. When the buildings and structures of the Manhattan state hospital affected by this section shall have been removed as hereinbefore provided, all of Randall's island and that part of Ward's island described in subdivision b shall be devoted exclusively to the purposes of city parks; and the city is hereby directed to transform the same into parks as soon thereafter as possible, and the same shall henceforth be used for no other purposes. There shall be excluded, however, from the operation of this section all of the land necessary for the continuance of the railroad bridge on such islands, the land necessary for the city sewage disposal plant, established by such city, as authorized by chapter six hundred eighty-nine of the laws of nineteen hundred twenty-seven, and the land deemed necessary by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority for the construction, reconstruction, maintenance and operation of the structures of Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, provided, however, that there shall be provided by such city convenient means of access from such Triborough Bridge at convenient locations to such parks located on such islands, and convenient connections between the two islands. e. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivisions b, c and d, the city is hereby authorized to lease to the people of the state of New York the lands on Ward's island hereinafter described by amending the extension of lease dated December eleventh, nineteen hundred fifty-three, executed between the city of New York and the state of New York pursuant to the provisions of chapter one hundred one of the laws of nineteen hundred fifty-two, so as to include such lands within the terms and provisions of such extension of lease. Beginning at a point on the southeasterly line of Scholer Street, where it would be intersected by the continuation easterly in a straight line of the northerly boundary line of "Parcel 1A" as released to the City of New York by the consent of the Governor dated January 18, 1950; thence continuing generally easterly along the further prolongation easterly of said boundary line to its intersection with the westerly line of the right-of-way of the Triborough Bridge; thence generally northerly along said westerly right-of-way line to its intersection with the southwesterly line of Morgan Avenue; thence northwesterly along the southwesterly line of Morgan Avenue to its intersection with the southeasterly line of Scholer Street; thence southwesterly along the southeasterly line of Scholer Street to the point or place of beginning of the parcel herein described. f. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivisions b, c, d, and e, the city is hereby authorized to lease to the people of the state of New York, the lands on Ward's island hereinafter described by amending the extension of lease dated December tenth, nineteen hundred sixty-two, executed between the city and the state of New York pursuant to the provisions of chapter five hundred twenty-three of the laws of nineteen hundred sixty-two, so as to include such lands within the terms and provisions of such extension of lease.
All that land now used by the city department of parks and recreation on the southeasterly portion of Ward's island and generally bounded by the Triborough Bridge right-of-way on the west, the shore line of the Hell Gate channel of the East River on the south and southeast and the lands under lease to the state of New York for Manhattan state hospital on the northeast and north, constituting 24 acres, more or less.

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