NEW YORK CITY-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Friday that will facilitate the building of United Nations facilities on public parkland on First Avenue and east 41st Street. The move also furthers the city’s effort to close the existing gap in access to the city’s waterfront along the east side of Manhattan. 

As previously reported, a nearby pier is also being renovated, between 38th and 41st streets on the East River. Waterside Pier’s renovation is being funded by a $13-million lease fulfillment payment from Con Edison, which had previously leased the spot. It hadn’t been used in years, according to a Con Ed spokesman.

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