New York City’s waterfront has transformed over the past few decades, transforming its post-industrial landscape into one that’s now dotted with acres of new parks and public spaces. This is due, in part, to a change to New York’s zoning rules, adopted in 1993, that mandated public access to the city’s shoreline whenever a waterfront property is redeveloped. To mark the 25th anniversary of that change, the Department of City Planning (DCP) has launched a new tool that maps all of the city’s waterfront recreation spaces.
The Waterfront Access Map aims to make it easier for New Yorkers to find one of the 200 open spaces situated along the city’s 520 miles of shoreline—from marquee areas like Brooklyn Bridge Park and Hudson River Park, to smaller spaces like Faber Park, a small space with an outdoor pool on Staten Island.
There are different ways to filter the map—you can look for public spaces by amenities (such as dog runs, promenades, piers, etc.), nearby Citi Bike availability, and different waterfront activities. It also highlights sites where future public access spaces are in the works; unsurprisingly, a large chunk is concentrated along the Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront, where several large-scale developments (Domino, Greenpoint Landing) are in the works.
“As we build an even more beautiful, inclusive and sustainable city, we want to be sure that all New Yorkers have a user-friendly digital map that makes it easier for them to find and enjoy all our parks and open spaces,” Marisa Lago, the Department of City Planning director, said in a statement.
Check out the map and all it has to offer here.