Bay Watch: A city beach for Washington Heights?

In the ultimate urban landscape that is New York City, you might not expect to find beaches. But they are there, on the waterfront borders of every city borough.

That might finally change, if the city decides to listen to Ira Gershenhorn, a software engineer, part-time recreational swimmer, and resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Last month, Gershenhorn presented his idea for a city beach, lining a natural bay on the Hudson River, to Community Board 12’s Parks and Culture Committee. The site lies in the Hudson River Greenway, west of Washington Heights between W. 169th and W. 171st Streets.

“I kind of stumbled on this place,” said Gershenhorn, who used to make the long drive to Rockaway Beach in Queens to swim until he lost his car.

Last year, while biking along the Hudson, “I noticed the path toward the sandy beach area,” said Gershenhorn. “This year I biked a little further and saw the area was cleaner and easier to access. That’s when I started swimming there.”