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Leveraging the largest port on the East Coast and an extensive network of waterways, railways, landings, and cargo facilities, NYC’s transportation industry is central to the city’s prosperity, enabling the movement of goods—and people—into, out of, and around NYC.

Port Economy

Barge on Newtown Creek. photo by Mitch Waxman/NYCEDC
Moving Goods
NYC Ferry on the East River. Photo by Kreg Holt/NYCEDC
NYC Ferry
By The Numbers


Contributed annually to NYC’s economy by borough waterways

By The Numbers


Average salary in rail freight

Longshoreman on Staten Island. photo by Josh Sterling/NYCEDC
Working in Freight

PortNYC: A Backbone of Commerce

From terminals to piers, the PortNYC group at NYCEDC plans for growth, forges strategic industry partnerships, and manages the city’s port facilities. PortNYC develops freight and passenger infrastructure to strengthen the region’s economic growth, while connecting New Yorkers to good-paying jobs.

Cargo Terminals

NYC’s ports are America’s gateway to the largest and wealthiest consumer market in the US. PortNYC supports the local economy by enabling firms to bring goods to market by vessel, the most efficient modes of freight transportation.

By the Numbers


Twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of deep sea shipping containers moved through NY’s waterways in 2018.

Approximately 400,000 of these containers moved through the city’s seaports, and recent infrastructure upgrades to marine cargo terminals will allow more than a million tons of cargo to arrive by water instead of truck. The City secures and promotes strategic areas along the waterfront by designating these areas Significant Maritime and Industrial Areas (SMIAs). Some of the North Atlantic’s largest concentration of workboats and vessel repair operations are located within NYC SMIAs.

Cruise Terminals

Through NYCruise, the City manages the Manhattan and Brooklyn Cruise Terminals, which serve the world’s most spectacular passenger ships. With a recent $250 million investment in the terminals, the City modernized facilities to provide passengers a smooth and efficient embarking and debarking experience. Continued investments, and the industry’s top awards, have made NYCruise the departure point for more than 1.2 million passengers annually, creating lasting memories and supporting over $228 million in local economic impact from tourism spending.

NYCEDC Announces Transformation of South Brooklyn Maritime Shipping Hub, Creating over 250 Jobs in the Near-Term

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South Brooklyn Marine Terminal Announcement. Photo by Kreg Holt/NYCEDC.


Part of PortNYC, the DockNYC service helps vessels—including those used for tug and barge operations; excursions; recreational outings; and cultural, historic, and educational trips—access berthing locations throughout the city, offering a variety of amenities and utilities throughout the harbor.

Saw Mill Creek Marsh. Photo by Annalise Knudsonec.

Saw Mill Creek Wetland Mitigation Bank

NYC's first-ever mitigation bank, exclusively available for environmental impact offsetting on projects being undertaken in select parts of the city.

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Ferry Landings

PortNYC maintains 23 ferry landings throughout the city, supporting both the incredibly popular NYC Ferry service as well as a variety of private ferry operators. These ferry services have unlocked the economic potential of the city’s waterfront communities, supporting millions of passenger journeys by facilitating frequent, dependable service to and between the five boroughs.

NYC Ferry landing in Greenpoint. Photo by Kreg Holt/NYCEDC.

NYC Ferry

Affordable transit for New Yorkers.

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Red Hook Container Terminal is well positioned to bring goods into the heart of NYC. By directly shipping into the city, we eliminate thousands of truck trips each year… improving air quality.
Mike Stamatis
President, Red Hook Container Terminal, LLC.

The Future of Maritime

Through PortNYC and other initiatives, we’re working to ensure both the long-term health of the maritime industry in NYC and the city’s economy as a whole. Our efforts include:

  1. Career Awareness and Training - The future of the industry relies on a well-trained workforce. PortNYC partners with schools, organizations, and companies to ensure that New Yorkers have access to industry education and skills training that lead to good-paying, long-term opportunities.
  2. Freight NYC – NYC’s visionary plan to develop a freight system that is modern, environmentally sustainable, and resilient—all while creating good jobs for New Yorkers.
  3. 2019 Shared Harbor Survey – a survey of NYC and NJ maritime community, who is the maritime community in the port of NY, where it is located, and local industry trends.
Global Container Terminal New York. Photo by Scott Ettin/NYCEDC.

Freight NYC

NYC’s visionary plan to develop a freight system that is modern, environmentally sustainable, and resilient—all while creating good jobs for New Yorkers.

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NYCEDC and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) have been working to upgrade air cargo facilities at JFK Airport. Recent projects have included an airport truck stop with parking and fueling, a new animal handling facility, authorization of a route for 53’ tractor-trailers, and the establishment of Gateway JFK, a Business Improvement District focused on off-airport cargo businesses.

In 2004, the City of New York and PANYNJ signed a 50-year lease for both JFK and LaGuardia airports. The long-term lease was the catalyst for the creation of the Aviation office within NYCEDC, which works to maintain the long-term economic viability of NYC airports.

Planes taking off at JFK Airport. Photo by Getty Images.


NYCEDC oversees two of the three heliports located in Manhattan, including 34th Street and Downtown Manhattan. Each heliport provides charter and commuter services. The Downtown Heliport, located on Pier 6 on the East River, also provides public sightseeing tours which follow overwater routes in New York Harbor and the Hudson River. Through the DockNYC program, NYCEDC also oversees the seaplane facility located at the Skyport Marina on E. 23rd. Street.

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