I was just down at the walkway by the Byram River in Port Chester, and I’m trying to decide which was sadder: the litter along the path, the gaping holes in the railing, the strangled-looking Christmas tree, or the three shopping carts sitting in the river muck.
Actually, the saddest thing has to be the large section of the walkway that remains fenced off due to a sinking bulkhead.
Here’s a tour.
First, the railing:
Here’s the tree, looking kind of Suess-like:
Here’s the litter:
And one of the shopping carts:
You’ll recall that this is the promenade that Westchester County leases for more than $800,000 a year. The village maintains it, and developer G&S built it. Another cart:
I spoke to Jon Orr, a Rye resident who was looking at the scene from his car. He used to enjoy coming down to Ebb Tide when the restaurant was still open, and said the area along the river could be a great little city park, with a little help.
“It requires some general maintenance,” he said. “The public has to participate to help keep it clean.”
Village Manager Christopher Russo said he was unaware of the additional vandalism to the railings or the presence of the shopping carts, and that he would notify the DPW.
The condition of the bulkhead is clearly deteriorating, according to Russo, and will have to be addressed by the newly seated village board, as one of its first agenda items.
For more on the board’s first meeting, see my story here.