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Floating beach concept could come to Manhattan

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A new project could bring a floating beach in the shape of a potato chip to New York City. (Source: WPIX/CITY BEACH/CNN) A new project could bring a floating beach in the shape of a potato chip to New York City. (Source: WPIX/CITY BEACH/CNN)

NEW YORK (WPIX/CNN) – A new project could bring a floating beach in the shape of a potato chip to New York City.

Its creator says it's a way to bring people in closer contact with nature.

First there's a beach near the Brooklyn Bridge that you're not allowed to swim in and there's barely enough sand for sunbathing. Then there's the floating East River pool in Dumbo by the carousel that's still in the fantasy stage.

So how about something to dream about even closer to the crowded, stressed-out streets of Manhattan?

How about a floating city beach on a barge in the Hudson River that's the shape of a potato chip.

"It's kind of like a chip that sits on top of the barge, almost like a Lays potato chip would sit, and the neat part about that is that it gives you like 360 degree view from wherever you are, so you almost feel like you're sitting at the bottom of a sand dune and are really communicating with nature," said concept creator Blayne Ross.

It's the brainchild of Ross, 38, who envisioned a grassroots, community effort on Indiegogo crowd funding.

The dream beach barge would be 260 feet long by 72 feet wide, surrounded by waterfalls and hold about 600 people at a time.

"It's actually a really popular way of doing public projects like this because it kind of gives you ownership of a little piece of it, and when people donate it's kind of like building the project piece by piece," Ross said.

The floating city beach barge would be free and tethered to a pier, and basically support itself by charging for towels, lounge chairs and food.

The biggest question of them all is can you really call it a beach if there's no swimming?

"I think that's going to be something we're going to figure out during the next planning phase. It's really up to the DEC and if it's something we can work out then we'd be happy to do it. I'd love it. More to come," Ross said.

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