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Exploring the New York City waterfront

Pier 81 on the Hudson River

This year, the American Planning Association hosted its National Planning Conference in New York City. My trip there to learn from planners across the country and present MPC’s work on Great Rivers Chicago provided an opportunity to explore the waterfront firsthand. Waterfront development is an ongoing priority and MYC's Mayor Bill De Blasio recently announced another $100 million project along the East River to build an additional waterfront trail.

New York City is vibrant, engaging and dynamic, and the waterfront delivers on all of these traits.  In the photo journal below, I've provided some great examples for what we can explore in Chicago to improve transportation options, access and elements of surprise.

The brand new NYC ferry will eventually run six lines to link Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. A one-way trip costs $2.75, which is equal to riding the subway.

The Hudson River Greenway offers separated paths for cyclists and pedestrians. Similar investments are slated for the East River to eventually connect the 32-mile loop around Manhattan.

The Hudson River Greenway is connected by many interesting places. There is a suprise around every corner. 

Entrance to 66 Maritime, a restaurant on the pier.

View of the working river.

Interesting design offers a place to sit and enjoy the view of the Hudson River.

Pier 62 skatepark

The South Branch of the Chicago River is ripe for new trail investments that are connected by nodes of activity that offer an element of surprise, a place to rest, a site to pilot a new business and celebrate local character. Concepts generated through the Chicago Urban River Edges Ideas Lab will provide an important opportunity for Chicagoans to weigh in with their preference and help define the river for the future. 


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