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Borough Waterfront Plans, detailed studies of 22 waterfront "reaches" in conjunction with the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan. ($5.00 each, $20.00 a set)
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Overview

The Borough Waterfront Plans, issued in conjunction with New York City's Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, present detailed analyses of 22 waterfront "reaches", or study areas. For planning purposes, the city's waterfront is divided into 22 reaches, reach being a nautical term for a continuous expanse of water. The reach designations are based on common land use patterns and natural features, physical boundaries and community district lines. In most cases, the depth of the study area is limited to blocks fronting on or near the waterfront. However, wherever significant land use changes are considered, the studies examine broad upland areas to assess the implications of change on the waterfront. Each study describes the history of the reach, examines existing conditions, identifies waterfront planning issues, and recommends actions for achieving the goals articulated in the waterfront plan.

The waterfront plans balance a broad policy perspective with local conditions and aspirations. Concurrent analyses of citywide waterfront issues, such as maritime industry trends, and local waterfront concerns, such as the suitability of a particular site for redevelopment, ensure that the plan benefits from an understanding of broad policy objectives and local realities. In this respect, the local waterfront studies both inform and are informed by the citywide policies articulated in the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan. They provide the necessary building blocks for developing a comprehensive understanding of the city's entire 578-mile waterfront.

The borough plans, like the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan itself, are organized around, and seek to balance, the goals associated with the four principal functions of the waterfront:

  • Protect and enhance the Natural Waterfront, comprising beaches, wetlands, wildlife habitats, sensitive ecosystems and the water itself.
  • Reestablish the public's connection to the Public Waterfront, including parks, esplanades, piers, street ends, vistas and waterways that offer public open spaces and waterfront views.
  • Facilitate water-dependent uses and ensure sufficient manufacturing-zoned land to accommodate the Working Waterfront, where water-dependent, maritime and industrial uses cluster or where various transportation and municipal facilities are dispersed.
  • Promote new uses on the Redeveloping Waterfront, where land uses have recently changed or where vacant and underutilized properties suggest potential for beneficial change.


FOR INTRODUCTIONS TO THE PLANS PLEASE CHOOSE A BOROUGH:


PLAN FOR THE BRONX WATERFRONT
PLAN FOR THE BROOKLYN WATERFRONT
PLAN FOR THE MANHATTAN WATERFRONT
PLAN FOR THE QUEENS WATERFRONT
PLAN FOR THE STATEN ISLAND WATERFRONT


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