NYC DOT Proposes New Route Options, Gathering Community Feedback At Next Round Of Harlem River Greenway Workshops

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NYC DOT TO PROPOSE ROUTE OPTIONS, GATHER FEEDBACK AT NEXT ROUND OF HARLEM RIVER GREENWAY WORKSHOPS

Seven-Mile Route Will Help Better Connect Bronxites to their Waterfront and Connect Van Cortlandt Park to Randall’s Island Park with Public Open Space and Bike Path

NYC DOT builds on previous outreach with four more workshops in March and April 2024 to present greenway route options and gather community feedback

Editor’s note: Readers may remember the recent community forum on Staten Island, where residents were able to voice their concerns about transportation needs for islanders in a general way.  Staten Islander has also reported on previous community forums, where the NYC DOT solicited the community on projects from which the Harlem River Greenway originated.  These ideas are based in large part on community input, and are based on what the people in the area want.  A similarly community-centered street redesign took place in Downtown Brooklyn organized and carried out by the DOT. 

New York – New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez announced that the city will host a new round of public workshops this spring to gather community feedback on proposed routes for a new Harlem River Greenway in the Bronx. This developing initiative is one of six newly announced greenways NYC DOT has begun planning in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks), and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to dramatically expand the city’s greenway network to support safe and environmentally-friendly active transportation links across the five boroughs.


The Harlem River Greenway in the Bronx will better connect Bronxites to their waterfront and connect Van Cortlandt Park to Randall’s Island Park with new open space and a bike path along a seven-mile route. This planning process will build toward a new north-south commuting and recreational corridor that increases safety and mobility for all residents within the planning area.

Residents of the Bronx deserve safe cycling connections and pedestrian access to the Harlem River waterfront,” said NYC DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez. “All Bronxites and New Yorkers have a chance to have their voices heard about the future route of this greenway, and we hope our neighbors will join us for these inclusive, bilingual workshops.”

Greenways are shared, linear spaces on public land, available for recreational and commuting uses like cycling, running, or walking. The planning process represents a major new front in the Adams administration’s nation-leading effort to reconnect communities divided by highways, focusing on the Major Deegan Expressway, which has cut off Bronxites’ access to the Harlem River waterfront since the 1930s.

Public Engagement Process

Beginning in April 2023, the city hosted public workshops to evaluate existing conditions, conducted extensive in-person community outreach and events throughout the summer, and used an online feedback map to gather additional input.

Upcoming Outreach Schedule

The workshops will provide an opportunity for public input, questions, and comments. Spanish language interpretation will be provided. Topics to be discussed include the tradeoffs and benefits of various greenway route proposals, ways to mitigate potential challenges, and steps the city can take in the near-term to realize the greenway.

Proposed Greenway. Image Credit NYC DOT

Proposed Greenway. Image Credit NYC DOT

North Stretch: Van Cortlandt Park to High Bridge

  • In-Person: Wednesday, March 13th, 6-8 PM, Bronx Community College
  • Virtual: Wednesday, April 3rd, 6-8 PM

South Stretch: High Bridge to Randall’s Island Park

  • In-Person: Tuesday, March 19th, 6-8 PM, Bronx Brewery
  • Virtual: Monday, April 8th, 6-8 PM

Visit nyc.gov/Greenways for more information.

Banner Image: Harlem River Greenway in the Bronx. Image Credit – NYC DOT 


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