New York is a waterfront city. Four of our five boroughs are on islands, and the fifth is a peninsula. That translates into 520 miles of shoreline, which is more than Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, and Portland combined.
Our waterfront is an invaluable asset, but for decades too many New Yorkers have been blocked from it. New York City has engaged in a wide-ranging effort to reclaim its waterfront. To continue this revitalization, we released Vision 2020: New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan in 2011 to establish a long-range vision for the entire shoreline. Vision 2020 built on the initiatives first presented in PlaNYC in 2007. In turn, the 2011 update of PlaNYC builds on Vision 2020.
We will build new residential neighborhoods at Hunter’s Point South and Willets Point and our waterways will remain increasingly important blue highways for moving goods and people. We will improve water quality and restore coastal ecosystems. We will provide greater access to our waterways by transforming underutilized areas along the water into destination parks in all five boroughs. To build resilience to climate change, we will plan for and respond to the impacts on our coastal areas.
Our waterfront is a crucial component of our physical, economic, and social fabric. We will revitalize our city’s edge to reconnect New Yorkers and visitors to the water and reclaim our standing as a premier waterfront city. With smart and sensitive planning, we will create a waterfront that will be cherished for generations to come.