People who live in Manhattan who want to spend the day at the beach have several options.  Coney Island and Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, Rockaway Beach in Queens, and South Beach and Franklin D. Roosevelt Beach on Staten Island are all options, according to Thrillist.com.  There's also beaches on Long Island and of course, there's all of the Jersey Shore beaches.  But in the near future, Manhattanites will have their very own beach.

According to Conde Nast, "The Hudson River Park Trust recently announced plans to transform part of the Gansevoort Peninsula (near the southern end of the High Line) into a 5.5-acre public park, complete with a resilient beachfront."

Back in August, an editorial in the New York Times suggested that Manhattan get it's own beach.  The article noted that Copenhagen and Paris had recently opened public swimming areas and that Boston was considering a similar idea.

Officials aren't sure whether or not the beach in Manhattan will allow people to swim in the Hudson, but the beach is definitely expected to be used for sunbathing and other recreational activities.

Conde Nast says that James Corner Field Operations will be overseeing the project.  That is the same company that oversaw the High Line in New York, Navy Pier in Chicago, MGM Mirage City Center in Las Vegas, and many more successful projects.