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The East Midtown Waterfront project is part of a grand vision to “close the loop” of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, providing New Yorkers with continuous waterfront open space around Manhattan.

Filling a Gap

The project fills a major gap in the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway between East 38th and East 61st Streets along the East River, providing much-desired waterfront access and open space for the East Midtown community and the public at large. Its goals: to improve access to the East River, create new, connected spaces for pedestrians and bicyclists, and provide waterfront amenities

What’s in an Esplanade?

The East Midtown Waterfront esplanade consists of three sections:

  1. East 38th–41st Streets/Waterside Pier: An existing City-owned structure formerly used by Con Edison. (Construction completed in 2016)
  2. East 41st–53rd Streets/the UN Esplanade: This middle section of the esplanade would pass by the UN campus.
  3. East 53rd–61st Streets/the ODR Esplanade: Now known as East Midtown Greenway - 53rd to 61st Streets, this northern section of the esplanade connects to Andrew Haswell Green Park at 62nd Street and will include a pedestrian bridge to East 54th Street (In progress)
We’re committed to closing the gaps along the Greenway, which will strengthen neighborhoods and ensure that all New Yorkers have access to our iconic waterfront.
Bill de Blasio
Mayor

What Led to Now

In April 2017, Mayor de Blasio announced capital funding for design and construction for the East Midtown Greenway – 53rd to 61st Streets, along with an upland ‘flyover’ connection at 54th Street. An RFP for a designer followed that summer and the selected team led by Stantec began design in October 2017. Construction is expected to be complete in 2022.

Community Roots

The design phase that began in 2017 was only possible after years of conceptual planning and collaboration with East Midtown communities in the neighborhoods of Turtle Bay, Kips Bay, Sutton Place, Tudor City, and Murray Hill..

Joined by the design team, we look forward to continuing to work with the community as the project moves forward. We’ll be attending CB6 and CB8 meetings to continue to provide updates.

Our partners also include NYC Parks, NYCDOT, and local elected officials. The East Midtown Waterfront’s goals are in accordance with Vision 2020: New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan and OneNYC.

Art-Driven Design

In partnership with NYC Parks and NYCDOT, we selected an environmental artist to serve on the design team. Stacy Levy joined the team after an extensive selection process—culminating at a public meeting in February 2018—and involving an invitational competition with 47 artists, interviews, and a presentation before the community.

Contact Us

Contact: [email protected]

Learn more about the East Midtown Waterfront project and how you can get involved.

Public Presentations
  • January 28, 2019 Presentation to CB 6 Land Use and Waterfront Committee
  • June 27, 2018 Presentation to CB 8 197-A Queensboro Bridge Area Committee
  • June 25, 2018 Presentation to CB 6 Land Use and Waterfront Committee
  • March 28, 2018 Presentation to CB 8 197-A Queensboro Bridge Area Committee
  • March 26, 2018 Presentation to CB 6 Land Use and Waterfront Committee
  • January 22, 2018 Presentation to CB 6 Land Use & Waterfront Committee
  • November 27, 2017 Presentation to CB 6 Land Use and Waterfront Committee
  • June 7, 2017 Presentation to CB 6 Land Use & Waterfront Committee
  • November 6, 2013 Presentation to Community Board 6 Land Use & Waterfront Committee
  • May 2012 Presentation to East Midtown Waterfront Community Working Group
  • June 2013 Presentation to East Midtown Waterfront Community Working Group
  • East Midtown Waterfront Q&A
Environmental Review
  • Environmental Assessment FHWA Finding of No Significant Impact for UN and ODR Esplanade
  • Final Design Report and Environmental Assessment for UN and ODR Esplanade Volume 1
  • Final Design Report and Environmental Assessment for UN and ODR Esplanade Volume 2 (Appendices A-B)
  • Final Design Report and Environmental Assessment for UN and ODR Esplanade Volume 3 (Appendices C-O)