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This page describes the state of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway in 2004.  It was developed as an overview of the planning process at that time.  Current information about this and other components of New York City's bicycle network can be found at the Department of Transportation website.  See more information about the Department of City Planning's Bicycle and Greenway Planning program.

photo of cyclists on the new Henry Hudson greenway
Cyclists on the new Henry Hudson greenway
This page offers a counterclockwise description (starting at the Battery) of the greenway as it will be in 2008. It highlights the improvements that will take place over the next few years.

Beginning at Battery Place the Battery Conservancy will build a permanent path along the inland perimeter of the park; this should be complete by 2008.

The Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Community Board 1 currently have full funding to create a shared-use pathway along the service road from the Battery Maritime to Old Slip. This will improve the connections to the Battery and to the existing greenway at Old Slip. This greenway portion of this project should be completed by 2006.

From Old Slip the greenway is in its permanent state until East River Park. By 2008 Con Edison and DPR will have completed cable removal and bulkhead repairs in order to reopen the waterfront path. From East River Park the path will remain in its current state until East 41st Street, where the United Nations has agreed to build a greenway that would stretch to East 51st Street. This esplanade will run along the FDR on a cantilevered platform. While this was originally expected to be one of the most difficult sections of the greenway to implement, the UN agreed to build the new esplanade to mitigate its use of Robert Moses Park for construction of new office space.

After the United Nations site the path will remain in its current state along the East River, inland through Harlem, and then along the Harlem River and on Dyckman Street. At the western end of Dyckman Street, however, cyclists and pedestrians will be able to connect to the new shared-use path that will run adjacent to the track for Amtrak’s Empire Line. The path along the train track will continue to West 181st Street, where it will connect to the existing esplanade and the George Washington Bridge. From Dyckman Street to West 187th Street, the path will run along an existing gravel path that will be upgraded and paved as part of the Hudson River Greenway Master Plan. From West 187th to West 181st Street, the path will have to be cantilevered. DPR has acquired funds from TEA-21 Enhancement grants for this construction, and needs more in local match money to complete the project. DPR has a completed design for this segment and plans to have the construction completed in 2006.

The path will remain in its current state from West 181st Street to West 135th Street. From West 135th Street to West 125th Street, users will connect to EDC’s Harlem Waterfront Project, which will create a shared-use waterfront path behind the Fairway Supermarket from West 135th Street to West 125th Street. This EDC project will be complete in 2006. At West 125th Street the new greenway will connect to the existing greenway and run uninterrupted to West 91st Street, where users will continue to go along the interim path upland in the park then back to the waterfront at West 83rd Street.

The greenway is in its permanent state from West 83rd Street to Battery Place.


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