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Hudson River Valley Greenway Link Study
Linking Greenways along the Hudson River

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Bicycle ridership and the need for recreational space continue to rise while infrastructure that promotes its use has not continued at the same pace. It is important to provide facilities for walking and bicycling in order to encourage their use. Greenways, unlike a strict bicycle-only segregated lane, is a long, narrow piece of land, often used for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. There are disjointed bicycling and pedestrian facilities along the Hudson River stretching from communities in upper Manhattan, through the Bronx, and into the City of Yonkers. The users of these facilities include those who are commuting to work, conducting personal errands, and using the routes for recreational purposes. Is there a way to connect the various bicycle and pedestrian routes into one continuous link for bicyclists? It is the goal of the Hudson River Valley Greenway Link Study to determine the best way to create such infrastructure.

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The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway along the Hudson River from Battery Park in lower Manhattan to northern Manhattan is one of many projects that are shaping an interconnected network of multi-purpose greenway corridors in the Hudson River Valley Greenway, which includes the development of a trail or pathway system consistent with the greenway criteria connecting the City of New York to Saratoga County.


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Yonkers Esplanade

Building on previous work by community interests in Manhattan, the Bronx and the City of Yonkers, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) has completed the Hudson River Valley Greenway Link Study to define an implementation approach and conceptual designs for a pathway connecting the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway in northern Manhattan with the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail in Yonkers, via Riverdale in the northwest Bronx. In doing so, the study has laid the groundwork for the development of a critical missing link in the southernmost segment of the larger Hudson River Valley Greenway.

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Inwoodhill Park


The Greenway Link Study evaluated current conditions in its study area and formulated a staged plan for connecting the existing pathways. The study identified the preferred route for the Greenway Link as a multi-purpose waterfront trail close to the Hudson River shore which can be developed over time. Additionally, inland paths with visual access to the Hudson River are identified in areas where direct access to the shore is either not possible or can only be achieved in a medium-to-long-term time frame.

The Greenway Link plan and conceptual designs address several significant barriers and constraints in the study area, including:

Crossing the Harlem River ship canal to connect Manhattan and the Bronx;
Overcoming difficult topographical challenges to waterfront access in the Bronx; and
Dealing with physical facilities along the waterfront in the Bronx and Yonkers.

Interim Products
PDF icon Task 2 Final Report - Literature Review
PDF icon Task 3 Tech Memo - Gap Analysis
PDF icon Task 4 Final Report - Research
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Task 5 Final Report - Workshop 1
Task 5 Final Report - Workshop 2

PDF icon Task 6 Final Report
Task 6 Tech Memo - Data Collection Plan
Task 6 Tech Memo - Data Collection Summary
PDF icon Task 7 Final Draft - Alternatives Analysis
Draft Final Products
PDF icon Addendum to Conceptual Design
PDF icon Hudson River Valley Greenway Link
Preferred Routes report