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Public Space Design

“You can measure the health of a city by the vitality and energy of its streets and public open spaces.” -- William H. Whyte

Since 2002, City Planning has been promoting the creation of new public spaces around the city. These spaces can be plazas, waterfront esplanades or new parks such as the High Line. For all of these initiatives, City Planning has established design standards to ensure that open spaces around the city are inviting, accessible, vibrant and safe. In addition to these new spaces, the agency has been greening the city wherever it can.

Privately Owned Public Spaces (Citywide)
Privately Owned Public Spaces

Waterfront Design Guidelines Text Amendment (Citywide)

Small Sidewalk Cafes (Manhattan)
Small Sidewalk Cafes

Street Tree Planting (Citywide)
Street Tree Planting

Yards (Citywide)

West Chelsea/High Line (Manhattan)
West Chelsea/High Line

East River Waterfront (Manhattan)
East River Waterfront

Downtown Brooklyn (Brooklyn)
Downtown Brooklyn

Fresh Kills Park (Staten Island)
Fresh Kills Park

Special Natural Area District (Staten Island)
Special Natural Area District

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