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Mayor’s Office

  • Update to PlaNYC: A Greener, Greater New York: On April 21, 2011 Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg presented an update to PlaNYC: A Greener, Greater New York that assessed the progress of PlaNYC since its launch four years ago and charted a new direction for the City’s future.
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  • PlaNYC: Released in 2007, PlaNYC is both a growth plan to accommodate one million new residents by 2030 and a climate action plan to reduce total city greenhouse gas emissions over the same time period. The plan also seeks to achieve cleaner air, increase parks and open space, improve harbor water quality, and modernize water supply infrastructure, just to name a few of its goals. PlaNYC links what have traditionally been considered separate, if not conflicting, issues in urban development—economic growth, environmental sustainability, and quality of life—into a unified strategic framework for developing New York City over the long term. 
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  • New York City Wetlands Strategy: On May 29, 2012, Mayor Bloomberg released the New York City Wetlands Strategy, a comprehensive action plan to protect, preserve and restore wetlands throughout the five boroughs. Wetlands are a vital part of New York City's vibrant waterfront that improve water quality, protect shoreline, and beautify the harbor. The Strategy is the first of its kind since Mayor Bloomberg signed a package of local laws requiring the City to plan for a more sustainable future as a part of PlaNYC. Among the 12 initiatives outlined are: investing $48 million in projects that restore and enhance nearly 127 acres of wetlands and neighboring areas; adding 75 acres of wetland to the New York City Parks system; and creating the natural areas conservancy to encourage a public-private partnership for wetlands management.
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Department of City Planning

  • Working West Shore 2030: Working West Shore 2030, the culmination of the Department of City Planning and Economic Development Corporation’s West Shore Land Use and Transportation study, is a guiding document for creating jobs, improving infrastructure, and managing growth on Staten Island’s West Shore over the next 20 years. In anticipation of expected population growth, and in response to community priorities, the study was developed around four main objectives: creating quality local jobs, providing better connections to the borough and region, preserving and linking open spaces, and improving community services and choices. Given the West Shore’s significant waterfront area, these objectives include expanding public waterfront access and supporting and redeveloping maritime infrastructure.
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  • 1992 Comprehensive Waterfront Plan: The 1992 Comprehensive Waterfront Plan was the first comprehensive inventory of the city’s entire waterfront and the Plan provided a framework to guide land use along the waterfront. The plan recommended a number of regulatory changes that have been largely implemented through two means: the Waterfront Revitalization Program and Waterfront Zoning Amendments.
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  • Waterfront Revitalization Program: The New York City Waterfront Revitalization Program (WRP) is the city's principal coastal zone management tool. The WRP is the City’s formal statement of policies for balancing economic development, natural resources protection, and public access on the shoreline. When a proposed project in the coastal zone requires a local, state, or federal discretionary action, a determination of the project’s consistency with the policies and intent of the WRP must be made before the project can move forward.
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  • Waterfront Zoning: Following recommendations of the 1992 Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, the Zoning Resolution was revised in 1993 to include special regulations for waterfront properties. These regulations require new developments, except for industrial, low-density residential and City infrastructure, to build and maintain waterfront public access areas. In 2009, the design requirements were updated to ensure they respond to the context and constraints of a diversity of waterfront locations to provide public access areas are inviting to the public. 
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  • Interactive Map of Publicly Accessible Waterfront Spaces: As part of the work of Vision 2020: New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, the Department of City Planning created an interactive map to identify and give information about the city’s inventory of publicly-accessible waterfront spaces. 
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New York City Economic Development Corporation

  • Coney Stillwell RFEI: New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking expressions of interest for the purchase and redevelopment of a 48,580 square foot property on Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island. NYCEDC is seeking to activate the site with commercial or industrial uses, and to potentially incorporate public access to Coney Island Creek. Submission deadline: February 13, 2012.
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  • Rossville Municipal Site RFEI: New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking expressions of interest for the redevelopment of up to 33 acres of industrial waterfront land in the Rossville area of Staten Island. The site is the largest New York City-owned property available for maritime development and one of the few remaining industrial waterfront properties available and suitable for shipping in the entire region. NYCEDC is seeking to activate the site with maritime industrial uses and to create quality employment opportunities. Submission deadline: January 18, 2012. More Information

  • Rutgers Slip Pavilion RFEI: New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking expressions of interest for the programming of a to-be-built enclosed pavilion and outdoor space along the East River Waterfront Esplanade on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The Pavilion is envisioned to serve both commercial and educational uses, including a restaurant, retail, or other commercial use and a non-profit, educational, and/or community use pursuant to a lease or other occupancy agreement. Submission Deadline: November 10, 2011. More Information

  • North Shore Esplanade and Bikeway RFP: New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking Resident Engineering Services for the implementation of street and open space improvements along Murray Hulbert Avenue in Staten Island. Project improvements may include sidewalks and curbs, new street lighting and traffic signals, signage, landscaping, marine and dock construction, and other related improvements. This RFP is now closed.

  • St. George Waterfront RFEI: New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is seeking expressions of interest for the disposition and redevelopment of two waterfront parcels in St. George, Staten Island. The Sites occupy a prominent waterfront location near a major transportation hub and a commercial, cultural, and civic center. The appropriate development of the Sites would greatly contribute to the land use goals and economic health of St. George, Staten Island’s North Shore, and the borough as a whole by creating a greater presence both locally and throughout the greater metropolitan region. Submission Deadline: November 10, 2011. More Information

  • Pier 15 Maritime Pavilion and Berthing Lease RFP: New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) is issuing a Request for Proposals for the lease of several sites located on Pier 15 along the East River in Lower Manhattan. The solicited sites include an enclosed Maritime Pavilion along the western portion of Pier 15, berthing and tie-up space on the south, east, and northeast sides of the pier, and the option of berthing and tie-up space along the north side apron. Pier 15 is being constructed as part of the larger East River Esplanade Project, which is intended to transform the waterfront area into a new pedestrian-friendly, publicly-accessible open space. This RFP is now closed.

  • Brooklyn Army Terminal 4E Lease RFP: New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks proposals for the lease and potential renovation of a 20,400 square foot space for industrial, manufacturing, distribution, and/or fabrication use. The site is located in Building B, Unit 4E of the Brooklyn Army Terminal, in the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone. This RFP is now closed.

  • Halleck Industrial Development Site Open-RFP: New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks qualified proposals for the development of a modern industrial facility in the Halleck Industrial Development site within the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center. The RFP is issued as an Open-RFP (O-RFP), a rolling process in which proposals may be submitted at any time, for review on quarterly Submission Dates. More Information

  • Construction Management Services for Waterfront Property Request for Proposal: New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks to pre-qualify construction managers to receive a RFP for waterfront construction management services, primarily focused on marine construction and other infrastructure management tasks. The RFP will result in the selection of a consultant to provide construction management services for a three-year term commencing no later than November 1, 2011. This RFP is now closed.

  • Bush Terminal Ground Up Development RFP: New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) seeks proposals for the lease of an approximately 130,000 square foot parcel of land located on Block 725, part of Lot 1, in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. The Site is part of the Bush Terminal Campus and the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone.
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  • East Midtown Waterfront Park and Esplanade Request for Proposal: The New York City Economic Development Corporation ("NYCEDC") seeks a consultant or consultant team to provide engineering, design, and planning services for the East Midtown Waterfront Esplanade and Greenway Project (the "Project"). The Project will address the gap in the Manhattan Greenway between 38th Street and 60th Street along the East River and advance a coordinated planning effort while simultaneously providing new recreation amenities to the Midtown East community. This RFP is now closed.

  • Request for Proposals (RFPs) - Available Maritime Vessel Berthing Facility in New York: The New York City Economic Development Corporation is soliciting Request for Proposals (RFP) for vessel berthing and servicing operations in the Atlantic Basin, Brooklyn. The goal of the RFP is to address the shortage of vessel berthing space throughout the Port of New York and New Jersey by providing 760 linear feet of tie-up space. Atlantic Basin is located in the heart of the Upper New York Bay and is an ideal location for maritime support services, such as tie-up, crew change, provisioning, light top-side repair and water treatment. This RFP is now closed.

  • Comprehensive Citywide Ferry Study: The Comprehensive Citywide Ferry Study provides information and analysis to make planning, policy, and budgetary decisions regarding the future of waterborne recreational and commuter passenger transportation. 
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  • Maritime Support Service Location Study: In 2006, NYC Economic Development Corporation commenced the Maritime Support Services Location Study focusing on the tug and barge industry, ship repair/ dry-dock industry and government services with the goals to develop a sufficient background about these industry sectors to understand their size and economic importance, to define the needs of these industries through 2016 and to identify appropriate assistance to these industries, if needed, to protect their vital functions. 
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 Department of Environmental Protection

  • Testimony - Keeping NYC Waterfront Clean: Leslie Lipton, Chief, Division of Pollution Control and Monitoring for the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment testified before the New York City Council Committees on Waterfronts and Sanitation and Solid Waste Management Oversight regarding the City’s enforcement efforts to keep our waterfronts clean.
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  • NYC Green Infrastructure Plan: In September 2010, New York City released the NYC Green Infrastructure Plan which presents an alternative approach to improving water quality that integrates “green infrastructure,” such as swales and green roofs, with investments to optimize the existing system and to build targeted, cost-effective “grey” or traditional infrastructure. 
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  • DEP Strategic Plan: This strategic plan, and the 100 distinct initiatives it contains, explains how DEP will achieve its goal to become the safest, most effective, cost-efficient, and transparent water utility in the nation over the next four years and beyond. 
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  • New York Harbor Water Quality Survey: The City of New York has been collecting water quality data in New York Harbor since 1909. These data are utilized by regulators, scientists, educators and citizens to assess impacts, trends and improvements in the water quality of New York Harbor. This year's Harbor Survey report focuses on the water quality data collected by the NYCDEP during 2008. Data are presented in four sections, each delineating a geographic region within the Harbor. 
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  • Jamaica Bay Watershed Plan:  On July 20, 2005, Mayor Bloomberg signed a City Council bill requiring the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to create a watershed protection plan for the watershed / sewershed of Jamaica Bay.  The legislation established a pathway towards restoring and maintaining the water quality and ecological integrity of the Bay by evaluating threats to the Bay and coordinating environmental remediation and protection efforts in a focused and cost-effective manner. 
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Department of Parks & Recreation

  • New York City Water Trail: Created in 2008 by the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Water Trail offers 160 square miles of diverse waterways—rivers, bays, creeks, inlets, and ocean—that are accessible to the public for recreation. Intended for kayaks, canoes, and open-water rowing vessels, the trail connects green spaces along the shoreline, including Barretto Point Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Hudson River Park, Fort Totten Park, and Freshkills Park. The trail has grown to 40 locations on park and non-park land—and counting. 
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  • City Recreational Boating and Marina Facilities: Marina information, docking fees, boat services, kayaking, canoeing, rowboat and paddleboat rentals, and rules relating to the use of Parks' waterways. 
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  • Public Beaches: 14 miles of beaches, all of which are open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. 
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  • Natural Areas: The Forever Wild Program is an initiative to protect and preserve the most ecologically valuable lands within the five boroughs. The 51 Forever Wild Nature Preserves include over 8,700 acres of towering forests, vibrant wetlands, and expansive meadows. These vital open spaces are home to thousands of critters, including flying squirrels, bald eagles, and fascinating rare plants. They also give New Yorkers and visitors the chance to walk in the woods, paddle a stream, or observe wildlife with family and friends. 
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  • Future Waterfront Parks: Read about a few of the projects currently in progress, including Fresh Kills Park, Greenpoint-Williamsburg Waterfront Redevelopment, Rockaway Park, and Ferry Point Park, and begin to imagine what the New York City of the future will be. 
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Department of Transportation

  • Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Master Plan Online Portal: To help gather community input for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Master Plan, the Department of Transportation created an online portal with interactive maps, photos, background information, project timeline, meeting schedule, and a comment box and online message system for community input. More Information 

State, Federal, and Regional Initiatives

  • Marine Structure Rehabilitation and Investigation RFP: The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation seeks an engineering consultant for the investigation and design of waterfront structures, including rehabilitation of the Barge Basin and Dray Dock 4, investigation of Pier C, and potential alternative maritime opportunities at Pier C and Wallabout Bay. Submission Deadline: November 22, 2011. More Information

  • Squibb Park General Construction Services RFP: Brooklyn Bridge Park seeks proposals for the provision of General Construction Services for Squibb Park Bridge and Squibb Park Renovations. Submission Deadline: 11/4/2011. More Information

  • Pier 25 Maritime Electrical Construction RFP: The Hudson River Park Trust seeks proposals from qualified electrical construction firms for construction work at Pier 25, located at N. Moore Street along the Hudson River on Manhattan’s west side. This RFP is now closed.

  • Pier 40 Construction Management Services RFP: The Hudson River Park Trust seeks to retain a construction management team to provide construction management services for various construction projects within and adjacent to Pier 40, located at West Houston along Manhattan’s West Side. This RFP is now closed.

  • Hudson-Raritan Estuary Comprehensive Restoration Plan: In 2010, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey issued a draft of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary Comprehensive Restoration Plan (CRP). The CRP was developed in collaboration with Federal, State, municipal, non-governmental organizations and other regional stakeholders and sets forth a consensus vision, master plan and strategy for ecosystem future restoration in the NY/NJ Harbor. 
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