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Award Winning

The Department of City Planning's Vision 2020: New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan has received national acclaim. The plan received a 2011 "Excellence on the Waterfront Award" from the Waterfront Center and the 2012  “Daniel Burnham Award”, the American Planning Association’s highest award bestowed upon a comprehensive plan.


On March 14th, 2011 Vision 2020: New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, a 10-year vision for the future of city's 520 miles of shoreline, was released.

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Vision 2020

Vision 2020, led by the Department of City Planning, is the culmination of a year-long, participatory planning process involving multiple agencies and organizations and input from New Yorkers in every borough. Building on the City's success in opening up to the public miles of shoreline that had been inaccessible for decades, and supporting expansion of the maritime industry, Vision 2020 sets the stage for expanded use of our waterfront for parks, housing and economic development, and our waterways for transportation, recreation and natural habitats. The 10-year plan lays out a vision for the future with new citywide policies and site-specific recommendations.

Vision 2020 is now available at the Department of City Planning Bookstore.

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New York City Waterfront Action Agenda

Vision 2020 is accompanied by the PDF Document New York City Waterfront Action Agenda, an outline of 130 key projects to be initiated within three years, which will catalyze waterfront investment, improve water quality, and expand public access.

Vision 2020 and the New York City Waterfront Action Agenda are the core components of the Waterfront Vision and Enhancement Strategy, an interagency initiative to improve the city’s waterfront.

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For more information about Vision 2020 please contact the Waterfront and Open Space Division at 212-720-3626.


This material was prepared for the New York State Department of State, with funds provided under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.


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