Sunset on NY Harbor Photo: Kazuko Oguma/Flickr 

ONE°15, the first new marina to come to NYC in more than twenty years, is opening this spring in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Fully 25% of the dock will be for community use. 

Despite the time between new waterfront projects, NYC is already home to hundreds of acres of developed, public waterfront. The public can view all of NYC’s waterfront spaces on this handy interactive map from the Department of City Planning.

Manhattan alone has over 60 waterfront spaces on public property, including parks, greenways, piers, promenades, monuments and more. 

The outer boroughs also have plenty of public waterfront space. Brooklyn Bridge Park features 85 acres along more than a mile of waterfront. The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens spans over 14 square miles and is open year-round. 

Private development is responsible for a significant portion of this community land. NYC Open Data released a shapefile from Publicly Accessible Waterfront Spaces (PAWS) showing spaces that were mostly developed privately–despite being publicly owned. The spaces listed do not include parks or open spaces under the jurisdiction of NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, or the National Park Service. Notable projects include Pier 92, Pier 94, and the South Street Seaport.

This extensive public network is thanks, in part, to the City’s strict regulations when it comes to waterfront development. In 1993, a set of reforms were passed, addressing bulk, density, and use. Public access is mandated for many structures, including piers, docks, and airports. These regulations apply for residential, commercial and community facility developments.

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