We’re one week out from the unofficial first day of summer time, which suggests New Yorkers will be a part of their fellow Individuals having fun with Memorial Day weekend in backyards, parks, swimming pools, and seashores. The latter are considerable in New York, which boasts 520 miles of shoreline; if all of these serene marshy inlets, Atlantic shores, and fetid industrial canals have been pieced collectively, they’d be about equal in size to the drive between Manhattan and Raleigh, North Carolina.
Most of us roughly know the place the closest physique of water is, nevertheless it’s not all the time apparent which areas are open to the general public and what actions are permitted therein. Fortuitously, the New York Metropolis Division of Metropolis Planning (DCP) is right here to assist with a brand new report and up to date waterfront map.
As its scorching title suggests, Assessing New Yorkers’ Entry to NYC’s Waterfront profiles town’s accessible water-adjacent areas, with info on whether or not it’s okay to fish, kayak, picnic, hike, or sunbathe topless. (For the file, that final one is authorized in any respect New York Metropolis public seashores, even when prudish cops within the Rockaways say in any other case.) The brand new report enhances the company’s Complete Waterfront Plan, launched final yr, that outlines challenges and alternatives for the shoreline.
The report’s Might 20 launch coincides with an replace to DCP’s Waterfront Entry Map. First launched in 2018, the map provides New Yorkers a digital atlas of seashore and riverfront entry within the 5 boroughs. Along with telling you what you are able to do at every website, the map additionally exhibits how one can get there by foot, bike, or transit.
In a municipality that’s mainly three islands and…the Bronx, many of the metropolis’s 8.5 million residents dwell fairly near the water: DCP’s city planners discovered that 80 % the inhabitants lives inside a 30-minute practice or bus journey from the waterfront. Included in that determine are the three million New Yorkers who dwell a half-mile or much less from a physique of water, with two of these 3 million dwelling a half-mile from a waterfront park or inexperienced house.
However proximity doesn’t assure equal or equitable entry, town famous. Advocacy organizations just like the Waterfront Alliance echoed that time and referred to as for extra to be performed to increase entry:
“Whereas we have fun the various new waterfront entry factors created lately, some communities wouldn’t have sufficient entry because of former industrial websites on the water, zoning, and a historical past of disinvestment in underserved communities. Furthermore, alternatives to bodily interact with the water by way of leisure boating and even swimming are very restricted throughout New York Metropolis,” stated Karen Imas, vp of applications for Waterfront Alliance, in a press launch. “We commend Metropolis Planning for exploring pathways to open new waterfronts and join communities to native waterfronts. There are nonetheless miles of shoreline fully unused and minimize off from communities and we stay up for working with the Metropolis of New York to deliver all the advantages of open house, inexperienced infrastructure, and leisure alternatives to these communities that want them probably the most.”
For these seeking to plan a visit at residence or on the go, the Waterfront Entry Map is accessible on desktop and cellular gadgets.