March 16, 2011
Dear New Yorker,
Folks will soon be able to enjoy more of our City's shoreline thanks to a new waterfront plan unveiled by the City Council and Mayor Bloomberg this past week.
You may recall, in 2008 the City Council passed Local Law 49, requiring the City to create a comprehensive plan for revitalizing and transforming New York's 520 miles of shoreline.
The finished plan, which we officially unveiled on Monday, includes two key components:
Vision 2020 – The New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, which establishes long-term waterfront goals for the next decade and beyond; and
the New York City Waterfront Action Agenda, which is comprised of 130 funded projects, including the development of more than 50 acres of new waterfront parks, the creation of 14 new waterfront esplanades, and the introduction of new commuter ferry service.
New York's greatness grew directly from our connection to our water. But at some point in our history, we both literally and figuratively turned our back on the waterfront.
With this plan, we've made a decision to more fully embrace the waterfront, in a way that's both thoughtful and strategic. And the great thing about this plan is that it doesn't just include recreation and open space, but also focuses on transportation and sustainability, as well as ideas to help preserve and grow our City's maritime industry.
We want to thank everyone, especially the Mayor, his Administration, and all the advocates, who worked so hard to help make this exciting new vision for our City's waterfront and waterways a reality.
We also want to thank everyone who took part in the public review of the plan. Your input and feedback were crucial to helping us develop this new vision for reclaiming New York's standing as a premier waterfront city.
You can read more about the City's plan by clicking on the links below:
You can also download the full plan and keep track of the city's progress at www.nyc.gov/waves.
Thanks so much for allowing us to share this terrific news with you.
Christine C. Quinn
Chair, Waterfronts Committee